Stories of Our Work

The RNCF is currently supporting 375 children. As a long-term commitment, we support children until the point that they wish to leave school, most commonly after they have taken‘A’ levels.

Maya – Aged 16maya

“After a childhood full of family problems, moving around and bad school attendance, the RNCF helped me see life in a whole different way by finding me a place at Roedean as a weekly boarder, helping me to gain control of myself and my future choices… I would wish nothing more than for other children, who are in difficult situations like I was in, to also be lucky enough to benefit from the RNCF’s life changing help.”

16-year-old Maya has had to deal with a lot in her short life. After facing the heartbreak associated with dealing with her mum’s self-destructive addictions and untimely death, Maya then had to come to terms with the loss of her grandmother who for nine years had been her main carer but who was tragically diagnosed with lung cancer and passed away in 2014. 

After attending Roedean School with the help of the RNCF, Maya recently completed her GCSEs with 6 A*s and 3 As. She is now studying for her A-levels and is hoping to become a production designer on movies like Edward Scissorhands.

Rogan – Aged 17

“I am indebted to the Royal National Children’s Foundation, for giving me the opportunity to pursue my dreams. Without the charity’s support, I would not have been able to achieve the things I’ve achieved so far…”

Rogan has been a carer for his younger brother David since he himself was only three years old; David has Downs Syndrome, has had open heart surgery and copes with a number of long-term disabilities. In addition to these significant challenges, Rogan’s father suffered a cardiac event which left him with a lifelong brain injury that terminated his ability to work.

Despite these setbacks, with the help of the RNCF Rogan was able to continue his studies at boarding school. He achieved 10 GCSEs, progressed into Sixth Form and, earlier this year, won the prestigious accolade of Young Engineer of the Year (with his team) at the 2016 National Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM) competition at the NEC. Rogan won the award for his design and construction of a hot-rod car, ‘Attitude Adjustment’, which has been especially adapted to meet the needs of his brother. Since then, Rogan has started an apprenticeship with the Morgan Motor Company.

dsc_1201Rudo – Aged 19 

“Without the RNCF and King Edward’s Witley, I would not be in the position I am now, with an exciting future.” 

For as long as she can remember, Rudo’s father has struggled with mental illness – and he would often be hospitalised for periods of time. Faced with caring for her husband and running the family, Rudo’s mother struggled to cope and sought the help of the RNCF. 

The RNCF enabled Rudo to attend King Edward’s school in Witley, Surrey. Rudo thrived at the school and went on to become Captain of King Edward’s hockey team. 

After completing her A Levels, Rudo has gone on to study Biology & Psychology at Newcastle University.