Hi, I'm Holly. I'm a 24 year old Psychological Science Graduate from a small country town in Australia.
I moved to England with my British passport in December, shortly after I was diagnosed with COVID-19. During lockdown I decided to volunteer my time counselling online. This reinforced my loved of helping people and soon realised the demand for support during this time, especially among families with children who have specific needs.
I assisted many people but wanted to do more, I can't share the exact details of stories but one in particular broke my heart, I counselled a parent of a child with disabilities when they were sick and living on the street due to COVID-19.
I decided I was going to make the most of lock down and applied to universities telling them how I wanted to help children in abusive homes and children with disabilities in school settings, hospital settings, and support families as I have seen first hand the support an entire family requires when looking after a child with disabilities.
To my surprise I was bombarded with acceptance letters, I received 7 when I wasn't expecting to receive any.
About my studies:
I completed a Bachelors of Psychological Science at Griffith University in Queensland Australia and decided to have a gap year in 2020 of travelling Europe as a reward. I have since decided to live here with my British citizenship.
I've now accepted my offer into one of the top universities in the UK (Bristol University). The fee is 8,500 GBP (15,600 AUD).
Unfortunately, as I am not in Australia, the Australian government will not help me with any funding (Understandable). Sadly, the UK government has refused to give me the "Student loan" despite being a citizen, because I have not lived in the UK for 3 years making me ineligible. Additionally, I cannot get a bank loan, I am not eligible for any charity or scholarship (and trust me I have looked at every scholarship there is), and the university cannot help me. Therefore, in order to help families and children with disabilities, or in abusive households, I am going to have to self fund. Which I am willing to try my best to do. I am dedicated to this cause and helping children who may not be able to help themselves. I believe in the healthy emotional and physical upbringing of all children and am dedicated to providing this as best I can.
If you are able or willing to even donate £1 /dollar that would be more helpful than you could imagine. I am looking through cupboards, bottom of cars, in purses for every coin or note I can find to put this towards my degree.
Additionally I will be running a marathon in September and am offering and incentive of printing your logo on my shirt if you donate £50. I have other prizes to be won as an incentive listed below. If you are unable to donate, even passing this on to a few people you think might be able to help me out would be absolutely amazing
(If donating for a prize please leave the prize you're donating for as your 'message' followed by a FB message/comment or email for contacting purposes. Otherwise feel free to leave a message of support with your donation)
£10 - Hand written personalised thank you card
£30 - Key ring and a personalised thank you card
£50 - Advertising on my shirt during a marathon in England
£70 - Personalised Painting
£90 - Oxford University Jumper (for the Aussies contributing)
£120 - Australian Boomerang
£150 - Australian snack hamper with all the best Aussie treats (not Vegemite don't worry) or...
£150 - United Kingdom snack hamper with all the best English treats (don't worry no scotched eggs).
£500 - One free website design. Terms and conditions apply
£700 - 5 nights Accommodation for 2 adults and 2 children at Paradise Resort Surfers Paradise, Australia. A free kids club session included per child every day so that you can go and explore knowing the little ones are having fun, unlimited use of the water park and daily activities for the kids to get involved in e.g VR roller coster, teddy bear making, games room, cupcake decorating, dunk tank, dance parties and the daily appearances of the mascots. Don't forget the rock wall, laser tag and ice skating rink. Even the lobby is fun and kid friendly with a giant jungle gym running through the middle of it! (Flights not included terms and conditions apply flexible dates to suit you. Value of upto $1549 AUD)
£1000 - One free professional videographer filming session. Includes: Filming, editing, music, drone footage, a professional finished products of your day/event/advert. Terms and conditions apply. This is great for a wedding gift, milestone birthdays, adverts, sporting events, business, projects, music videos, video interviews, opening videos after covid-19 etc. See FennecMedia website.
Feel free to check out the website links below for the last two prizes.
(After the £50 mark there is only one prize available per pricing. Advertising prize is limited to amount of space on my shirt ie roughly 10 spaces available).