Michaela was only 10 years old when she and her mum, Sandra, were referred to our Families First programme.

Michaela suffers from a hereditary disease that has left her with a troublesome limp and she was badly bullied at school, resulting in her being the victim of a nasty hate crime. Referred to Brathay by the Police, she joined one of our Families First programmes designed to develop her self-esteem and resilience. Sandra, meanwhile, was offered support in her struggle to cope and contain her anger.

With the ongoing help of their Brathay community worker, both made rapid strides forward; Michaela by finding the confidence to stand up for herself and inform staff of any further bullying, and Sandra by discovering a fresh perspective enabling her to feel calmer and think more positively. As is so often the case when victims start to speak out against their perpetrators, the bullying towards her daughter very quickly died down.

Get Involved!
  • Follow the campaign on our social media pages, like, retweet and reply to us, using #75StoriestoTell
  • 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 https://wetransfer.com 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!