Former homeless East Lancs teen wins place at top university

Amy Wynne who is leaving the Salvation Army Crossroads Hostel, Accrington

Amy Wynne who is leaving the Salvation Army Crossroads Hostel, Accrington

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A FORMER homeless teenager is set to ‘realise a life-long dream’ after being accepted to study to become a vet at a prestigious London university.

Amy Wynne, 19, is preparing to move to Kentish Town from the Salvation Army’s Accrington Crossroads hostel to take up her place at the Royal Veterinary College after living there since completing her GCSEs.

After a series of family rows, Amy moved out of her home in Oswaldtwistle when she was 16 and juggled school work with a part-time job as a waitress.

After her exams she took an overdose because she feared she had done badly, but the bright youngster who attended Rhyddings High School, gained 13 GCSEs, including one A* and four A grades.

Amy who was also struggling with the death of her father, was then admitted to Accrington Crossroads which helps homeless young people.

She studied for a BTEC in applied science at Blackburn College for two years before completing her AS levels in biology, psychology and pre-teaching.

Amy applied to the Royal Veterinary College in October attended an interview in February and was recently offered a place. She said: “I thought that the interview went awfully in February so I wasn’t expecting to get a place.

“I was sent an email saying that my UCAS had been updated and I was scared to look.

“It was amazing when I read that they had offered me a place and it will completely change my life.

“It’s a realisation of a life-long dream to be a vet and it means that I will have a lot more opportunities to do things my way in my life.”

Ishbel Cooke, programme co-ordinator at the Salvation Army said: “She’s really pleased and she has worked so hard for this. She didn’t believe that she was going to be offered a place.

“It’s one of the most prestigious places to study and it’s a fantastic opportunity for her.

“She was really over the moon when she found out”

Amy will now study for six years, with the final year of her course being completed at a placement veterinary practice.

She is set to move into her student accommodation in September ready for the course to start later that month.

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7:41pm Fri 25 Jul 14

grumpyoldlady says...

Very well done and good luck for your future.
Very well done and good luck for your future. grumpyoldlady
  • Score: 5

8:56pm Fri 25 Jul 14

BRFC195 says...

Congratulations , good luck in your career I'm sure you will do very well,you are such an inspiration you should be very proud of yourself xx
Congratulations , good luck in your career I'm sure you will do very well,you are such an inspiration you should be very proud of yourself xx BRFC195
  • Score: 2

11:11pm Fri 25 Jul 14

greenscreener says...

I hope some local practice sees this and is prepared to give you some sponsorship and holiday work, you are a very impressive young lady, it would be a shame if this area were to lose you, your commitment will make you an excellent vet.
I hope some local practice sees this and is prepared to give you some sponsorship and holiday work, you are a very impressive young lady, it would be a shame if this area were to lose you, your commitment will make you an excellent vet. greenscreener
  • Score: 4

4:00pm Sat 26 Jul 14

The Seagull has landed says...

Great achievement, well done.
Great achievement, well done. The Seagull has landed
  • Score: 1

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