Saturday, 22 August 2015

WE DID IT!

This week has been absolutely insane. Last Thursday, I hesitantly pressed 'publish' on a campaign which, if successful, would change my life. I asked you all to help me raise £4,500 so that I could continue my education.

£4,500 is a lot of money and, to be honest, I didn't think it was going to happen.

But within an hour of the campaign going live, we'd raised over £500. The next morning, we were over a quarter of the way to reaching the target. The day after that, we were featured in both the paper and the online version of The Independent.


On Monday morning, I gave my first ever live TV interview on Sky News with Eamonn Holmes, which you can watch here.

On Tuesday, our campaign was featured on the MailOnline website - which you can imagine got some rather harsh comments but, as multiple people said on Twitter, if Daily Mail commenters don't agree with you then you must be doing something right.

I was invited to be on ITV's Lorraine show; a real-life piece was written about me on thesite.org, and people I'd never even spoken to donated as much as they could.

And now it's Friday, and... we've raised the money. I'm going back to InterHigh so I can do my A Levels, and it's all thanks to you, whether you donated, shared the link or simply cheered from the sidelines.


I never, ever expected #HelpAmber to get this far - and I definitely didn't expect to be on live television! I can't thank you all enough and I hope you all know how awesome you are. You've helped me continue my education when I had no other options left and, despite being in pretty rubbish circumstances, I feel so lucky to have this amazing community around me.

One of the rewards I offered on my Crowdfunder was the opportunity to have your name included in my thank you blog post and video. So, in no particular order, thank you SO much to:

Charlie Morris
Ellie Warren
Sophie Waters
Holly Bourne
Sally Nicholls
Katie Grant
Luisa Plaja
Alice Nuttall
Mel Rogerson
Cait Lomas
Emily Russell
Jane Skudder
Sue Ransom
Daphne Tonge
Dave Owen
Sara Barnard
Will Dunn
Lisa Heathfield
Stacey Woods
Narinder Dhami
Rhoda Kellar
Rachel Ward
Beth Reekles
Vicki Thomas
Kate Beeden
Beth Currie
Angie Marsons
Dave Burgess
Keren David
Lisa Rhianon
Jo Stapley
Zoe Ford
Imogen Howson
Emma Pass
Zoe Bestel
Chloe Morton
Kat Ellis
Keris Stainton
Jason Ford
Lou Morgan
Sophia Bennett
Lynn Schreiber
Amy Elize
Alicia Notarainni
Kirsty Stanley
Tamsyn Murray
John Bark
John MacLeary
Jim Ormerod
John Sparkhall
John Scriven
Charles Palmer
Jo Richardson
Lisa Williamson
Kim Curran
Maryline Van Puymbrouck
Chas Stewart
Steve Briddon
Helen Maslin
Noel Johnson
Linda
Rachael Digby
Charlotte
Jenny Glover
Lina Purtscher
Carolyn Schofield
Euan Blundell
Kiera O'Brien
James Erskine
Sarah Clare
Larz Bourne
Nick Toth
Bethan Barker
Gemma Conley-Smith
InterHigh Education
Tracey Askew
Caroline Sherwood
Stevie Finegan
Sarah Gilburt
Lizz Skelly
Daniel Love
Chelley Toy
Louisa Reid
Ruth Bennett
Chris Sivewright
Elizabeth Knights-Ward
Paula Hawkins
Lucy Spalding
Stuart Traynor
Denise Spreag
Rachel Evans
Jade Sumbilla
Becky Day
Eleanor Ford
Jo Morris
Perdita Cargil-Thompson
Sara Yasmin
Cat Doyle
Caroline Gos
Kate Holmden
Erin Lawless
Sarah Alexander
Stephanie B
Laura Delve

...and all the other people who donated, shared the link, and sent messages of support. I'm amazed at how many people got behind this. You're all WONDERFUL. You have my permission to buy yourselves a book.

And to the person who commented on the Daily Mail article moaning about my generation being entitled: yes, we are entitled - especially to education. Thank you for giving me mine. ❤

28 comments:

  1. I wish you the best of luck with your education and your dreams, Amber!

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  2. Yay! I'm so glad that I got my dad to donate and that you actually did it!

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    1. Aw, thank you so much! I really appreciate that. :)

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  3. Yay for reaching your target! What happens after you finish your A levels? I don't really understand how it works in the UK, sorry!

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  4. Well done for your success! Everyone should be entitled to an education and I'm glad you're able to continue yours in an environment you feel comfortable in. What A levels are you planning on doing? I have to choose mine and apply to sixth form in just a couple of months even though GCSE exams aren't until May! :-)

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    1. Thank you! I'll be doing English Literature and Media Studies. Good luck with your GCSEs!

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  5. This is amazing! Congratulations, Amber!!! It's great to see so many people coming together to help someone to continue with their education. I wish you the best of luck in the future <3

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  6. Yeah!! Congratulations- so happy for you! I can't wait to see what's ahead for you. Kick some ass in your studies! :-)

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  7. Just fantastic! So so happy for you Amber xxx

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  8. Such fantastic news - congratulations. It just goes to show how the media can be an amazing thing.

    Kate x
    www.theteenaspect.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. Aww.. That's fantastic!!! So glad you got the help you needed! And you're right everyone is entitled to an education! Plus the added benefit of being on the news!! Bet that was exciting!

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    1. Exciting, scary and a very strange experience, haha! Thank you!

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  10. This is absolutely wonderful, Amber! I'm so, so happy for you!!! <3

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  11. I wish you all the best with your education and life Amber <3

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  12. Congrats on being able to keep going in your education!

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  13. Yay, I'm so happy for you! Enjoy your ALevels, Amber. :)

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  14. This is amazing, Amber. Huge congratulations, the power of the internet is just unbelievable. Wishing you the very best of luck with your education x

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  15. That's great! I wished I could have given more than I did - but actually, I think it is better that lots of us gave a little to gat you to the target as you can see what support there is for you to continue your education. The next thing is to put pressure on Govt and remind them that ALL teenagers who cannot cope with mainstream school should be able to have this support and not need to fund raise. Your education should have come from taxes. Have a wonderful time and congratulations on your determination and resourcefulness.

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