I’m Anita and I wanted to support The Maggie Oliver Foundation as soon as I learned about it, after watching the BBC mini-series Three Girls and recognising so many of the early scenes it portrayed.
I was born and bred in Bolton, and my first job, part-time whilst at high school was in play care. Here I met, for the first time, several children really struggling, without anyone to fight their corner. This made me feel very lucky, but also that no matter what my ‘day job’ would be, I had to keep trying to help young people who can’t help themselves.
Throughout my English degree at University I continued to work part-time with children, and through my career whilst working full time in project and business management I’ve always volunteered to help young people, mentoring with charities such as Career Ready and Bolton Lads & Girls Club.
My full-time job is in a large IT consultancy, so I’m either commuting to London to see clients, or sat behind a laptop. Perhaps because of the nature of my job, in my spare time I love to be outdoors, and recently moved to the Ribble Valley to be closer to the fells. I’m happiest when stomping up a mountain, and the feeling of fresh air and freedom is something I really crave.
What makes me really passionate about Maggie’s foundation is that it is focused on helping survivors, but also on exposing and putting an end to abuse in the first place. There is the compassion and support for victims, but also relentless persistence in exposing agency failures and holding authorities to account.
I’m here to help raise awareness and funds and do anything I can to help Maggie and the team in this mission.
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