Mother’s pride as daugh­ter, 6, sees grad­u­a­tion

Manchester Evening News - - NATIONAL -

A YOUNG mother nom­i­nated for an in­spi­ra­tional in­di­vid­ual award, who was forced to leave her school as a preg­nant 15-year-old, held her daugh­ter’s hand as she grad­u­ated from univer­sity six years later.

Af­ter strug­gling down a “very dark path” in her younger years, Rachael Cam­pey’s dream came true when she donned robes to re­ceive a coun­selling psy­chol­ogy de­gree.

The 21-year-old said it was “over­whelm­ing” to grad­u­ate from Leeds Trin­ity Univer­sity along­side her daugh­ter, Lily-Rose Cam­pey, who she gave birth to as a teenager. She said that the cer­e­mony it­self was “re­ally emo­tional”, es­pe­cially af­ter bat­tling the stress of bal­anc­ing a de­gree, job and the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of be­ing a sin­gle mother.

“I saw Lily-Rose’s face as I put my gown and my cap on when I was get­ting ready for the cer­e­mony, and it just made it all feel so worth­while,” she said.

Miss Cam­pey, from Leeds, said her daugh­ter, aged six, was slightly over­awed by the cer­e­mony but that she was “smil­ing all day long”.

Miss Cam­pey has been nom­i­nated for the in­spi­ra­tional in­di­vid­ual award at the 2020 York­shire Choice awards.

Rachael Cam­pey with her daugh­ter Lily-Rose af­ter grad­u­at­ing; in­set, Rachael was 15 when she gave birth to Lily-Rose

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