Christmas Appeal

Molly Martin smiling with her thumbs up with Christmas ornaments in the background

My name is Molly. I was a student at National Star. I want to share with you how it changed my life.

I started as a residential student in September 2018 – a week before my seventeenth birthday. It was a big change for me. I hadn’t lived away from home before. My family and I are really close, and I wasn’t sure how I was going to cope without them. But I was determined to make the most of every opportunity.

I had a lot of anxieties about change and not being in control of things. I wasn’t used to directing my care and I was so worried about it. But with the support of a brilliant team around me, I learned how to manage my care and tell the staff what I needed.

Going out in the community was a huge challenge for me. My team taught me to be confident and we practised and practised – just knowing how to do something made all the difference to how I felt. I can now use public transport, which is a huge achievement for me.

After three years, I left National Star with a BTEC Level 1 Introductory Certificate in Art and Design. I now live in my own house in Cheltenham. If you had asked me three years ago if I thought that this was possible, I would have laughed and said definitely not! I am also studying a ‘get creative’ course at Gloucestershire College. After that my goal is to work in the theatre in costume design.

I am so looking forward to Christmas this year. It is my favourite time of year – it’s just so magical. Due to coronavirus, Christmas last year was a bit different for me and my family, but this year we will all be together again and I can’t wait!

Without National Star, I wouldn’t be the confident and independent woman that I am today. Please consider making a donation so they can help other young people with disabilities have the same opportunities I had, and enable them to achieve their dreams.

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

Molly

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