Mother’s pride as daughter, 6, sees graduation
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