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Shantelle shines at Royal awards

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Shantelle shines at Royal awards thumbnailShantelle Kealey from Limavady lifts her trophy for the Belfast City Council Educational Achiever award at the TK Maxx & Homesense Prince’s Trust awards in Belfast.

A YOUNG Limavady woman has been celebrated at the Royal awards ceremony, held in Titanic Belfast, in recognition of her succeeding against the odds and having a positive impact on her local community. Shantelle Kealey, 17, won the Belfast City Council Educational Award this week during the Prince's Trust and TK Maxx & Homesense Awards, recognising the achievements of disadvantaged young people who have succeeded against the odds.
The young woman has improved her chances in life, had a positive impact on her local community, as well as playing a part in supporting the work of The Trust.
Shantelle spent most of her time alone in her room, worrying about her mother's health. She relied heavily on her granny for support but suffered with anxiety attacks and started to self-harm.
Shantelle said: "When granny died, I had to go and live with my dad over the border. Things got worse then. I stayed away from my friends and from school and ended up being registered as a 'school refuser'.
“I was scared about what would happen to me, about what kind of future I'd have."

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