Laura’s life suddenly changed when problems at home meant she had to move to a refuge with her Mum and siblings.

In the same year she lost two of her grandparents.  The shock of these events caused her to lose confidence. She tried to start college but couldn’t cope and left; abandoning her dream to train as a midwife.

Fortunately Laura was offered a place on a Brathay project which supports young people into employment or training. The combination of meeting other young people in similar situations, getting involved in activities to boost her confidence and taking the big step of leaving her family to go on a residential trip had a huge impact on Laura. As part of the project she also went on a work placement at a local hotel where she made a great impression. Laura was given an apprenticeship by the hotel and is still working there having won awards and gained qualifications along the way. She has a bright future ahead.

 Brathay has helped me because I got to meet other people in similar situations and I knew I wasn’t on my own anymore and that I wasn’t the only one struggling.
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  • Tell your family and friends about the campaign!
  • Share your story - You can tell your story in words, or we can interview and film you, or better still, you can film yourself talking to camera and send us the film to use. Films should be no longer than 60 seconds and we can provide you with a quick easy guide to self-filming if this is something new to you.

Just tell us who you are, what your connection to Brathay is, and how Brathay has changed your life. It need only be a small change, like leading you to new job, finding more self-confidence, climbing a mountain for the first time – whatever your experience has been we want to hear about it!

Once you’ve finished, be sure to send your video via to Sophie's email here. Or better still, just post to social media using #75StoriestoTell.

With your permission, we will publish your story alongside others on our website and social media over the course of 2021.

We hope you are as excited as we are about the prospect of collating 75 unique stories to make 75 successful years!