An estranged young person’s story

“Three years ago in December I accessed your services – a young person coming from a hostel hoping to get some help with university supplies as well as tools for living. I was 18, I was homeless, poor and vulnerable having struggled with mental health problems in the past. The support that your services gave me made the biggest difference in my life, you were the difference between me becoming another statistic and where I am now, a person with a home, a degree and friends that I made at university.

“I was always so afraid that I would amount to nothing and that if my own parents did not see me as worthy, who will? You saw me, you saw my case and you listened. You provided all the things I needed to make this moment possible and if I could I would invite Frank Buttle himself to see me walk on that graduation stage.

“Today I am 21, I am now a mental health nurse and refer my patients to you, and sometimes that’s so wild to me because at one point I was the referral but what I am trying to say is that you are a fantastic service and thank you for all that you do and have done. Estranged kids don’t have much support but you gave that, and now look what you’ve done for me.

Thank you, Thank you.”