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Melissa

CAREER GOAL: PATTERN CUTTER
Caseworker:
Anna

Progress

72%
£1,659
raised
£2,283
target
78
supporters
Fund Melissa to become a pattern cutter

Story
News 1

I had my first job in fashion at 11 years old. My father took me out of school in Turkey and I started work in a clothes factory. I was left to teach myself. I'd work late into the night and study on the side. I got my high school certificate and taught myself all the different skills in the factory at the same time - from sewing to computer design to pattern cutting. Though it was hard, I loved it. It’s amazing to see something in a store that I've worked on. Or seeing someone wearing my clothes – that's success for me.

Years later, I saved up by myself to come to the UK. I started my own business doing styling and pattern cutting for other companies. But things fell apart when my partner came to live with me. It was meant to be temporary – just two weeks he said. But those two weeks kept growing and growing while his behaviour only got worse. Over the next seven months he used all my money. I have never heard so much lies and dishonesty. My business fell apart and my health got worse. I was scared to stay in my own home. I tried to get him out but in the end I had to escape to survive.

I came to live in a women’s refuge. I'd lost my home, my health, my work, and my friends. Now I want to build myself back up and become stronger and more successful than before. Though I've got lots of experience I have no qualifications. This course will help me improve my skills, learn new techniques and get my confidence back. To think that people will read this story and donate is a huge motivation. I haven’t had a lot of support in my life, even from my family. So it’s incredible to think of that coming from strangers. I won’t let you down.

Due to the member's personal history, we've kept this profile anonymous by using a pseudonym.

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  • Journey
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    Melissa's campaign began to fund

    Melissa begins her course in pattern cutting

    Melissa completes her course in fashion making and pattern cutting

    Melissa goes into work in fashion production

    Budget
    Qualification

    Womenswear Fabric & Textiles Course
    £1,650
    Dressmaking toolkit
    £80
    Travel for Course
    £63
    £210
    Total
    £2,283

    Progress

    72%
    £1,659
    raised
    £2,283
    target
    78
    supporters
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