I was born in Scarborough and lived with my mum, dad and big sister on a wonderful square with trees, big houses and a great sense of community. My baby sister joined the family when I was 14. From an early age I lived life to the full. I competed in swimming galas and dancing tournaments, which I sometimes won! I also did cross-country running for my school and was in the school show.
When I was 10 I got my first job as a papergirl, earning my own money and getting up at 6am. I was so proud! The shop owner told me that I was the fastest papergirl in town. Even at 10 I had the mind and determination of a 20 year old and always had my head screwed on!
I had been going to the local Sunday School with my sister since I was 5 and enjoyed going away with my sister on church outings when I was older. When I was 16 I became a Sunday School teacher and taught a class of 5 year olds, just like my very first class as a child. It was great fun. But then when I was about 18 or 19 I got busy with work and stopped going to church for a few years.
I moved to Peterborough in 2007 and did some work for Heather, who attends The Salvation Army in Peterborough. For a few more years I continued to get on with life and wasn’t going to church but then I began to feel really overloaded with work and trying to do so much for my friends. It was then that I decided to try and track Heather down. When I met up with her in June last year I burst into tears as I felt so broken. Heather then invited me to go with her to the Citadel. As I have come to worship here, week after week, month after month, I’ve started to heal – not just physically but emotionally and spiritually. It’s helping me to grow as a Christian and I talk to God all the time. I now think of Jesus as my best friend and He gives me peace and harmony.