December 1998

You have helped me a lot
Brett who now lives in Chelmsford, returned to Blackburn to receive an 'Edges Personality of the Year' Award. He states the following:-

"I would like to thank the T.H.O.M.A.S. Organisation who bent over backwards for me at the lowest point of my life."

BrettI was put into care when I was roughly about four years of age by Social Services and they moved me around from different homes and different families where they were not ideal for me to live in, where they were abusing me in different ways. After about ten years of that, living on the streets, then hostels, bedsits, flats and basically just wandering around aimlessly getting mixed up with the wrong people, I got mixed up with drugs and alcohol and a little bit of crime. Then the lowest point of my life came when I was sent into a psychiatric unit, I had a severe breakdown. Then I met Father Jim, and other staff at T.H.O.M.A.S. They helped me and supported me. I am really pleased to receive this award, from T.H.O.M.A.S. and Father Jim. It means a huge lot to me.

At first I felt like I didn't deserve it, but as I look back and see the improvement in my life I feel that I do deserve it. At the moment I am living in Chelmsford and my life has greatly improved. The staff at T.H.O.M.A.S. and Edges Magazine still keep in touch with me by letters and through phoning me up. At this moment in time in my life I am really really happy, I am working on a building site and in December hopefully, I start working in a sorting office at the Post Office. I'd really like to start to get myself educated at college and work towards getting myself a career and eventually settling down with a nice family - that is what my future goals are.

There is still a lot of work to do at the moment with myself, personally on an emotional level and psychological level, however, I do realise that and hopefully, I will be able to find the strength and the motivation to overcome my problems and weaknesses.

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