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Emily shares her story on BBC Lifeline

24 April 2017

GC student, Emily Radnedge told her story in a BBC lifeline appeal, aired on Sunday 16 April.

17-year-old Emily was featured by the programme because she has been receiving support from the young people's charity, Hope Support Services. Hope provide support young people aged 11 to 25 with a close family member suffering from a life-threatening illness.

Three years ago, Emily's Mum Sarah was diagnosed with cancer, which she has since found out is terminal. Emily was referred to Hope by a Student Mentor at school because she was struggling to cope with her Mum's illness.

In the programme, Emily said: "It completely turned my world upside down. I used to get stressed out about everything and I was having a lot of time off lessons. I basically just started giving up and my student mentor referred me to Hope. I got involved with them and everything started going up from there.

"I contact Hope at least once a week if I've had a particularly bad day or I just fancy a chat, it's really comforting to know there's someone there."

Hope Support Services provides a range of support, including one-to-one contact through Facebook or Skype and 'Hope on the Road' trips and activities.

Emily said: "Living in a situation like this, you don't get to have any time to yourself. You have to constantly be grown-up and forward-thinking about things, but with Hope they've made me feel like a kid again and it's comforting to know there's other people going through the same thing as you." 

Emily's Mum Sarah told the programme how glad she is to know her daughter is getting the chance to have fun with other young people. She said:

"Emily has lost out on an awful lot of her teenage years. She's had to accommodate me really, which is not fair - it should've been the other way round.

"It does take a big strain off me to know she's doing other things. When the time comes and I do die, knowing that Emily will have support is one of the most important things to me."

Emily is studying Creative Media at GC. Her lecturer Layla Gunter said: "Emily presented herself incredibly well in the programme, which just compounds how amazing she is."

The full Lifeline programme can be viewed here.

For more information about Hope Support Services, visit www.hopesupport.org.uk or call 01989 566317

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