Top award for Doncaster nurse Holly
A nurse from Doncaster hospital has been honoured at a London ceremony, for her remarkable achievements.
Holly Macfarland receivedÂ the Outstanding Achievement in Education Award at TheÂ Fostering Network'sÂ annual Fostering Excellence Awards.
Holly became the main carer for her two younger siblingsÂ at an early age,Â after relationship breakdowns and ill health within herÂ family.Â She did shopping andÂ chores, and got her siblings ready for school.
But in October 2012 all three children enteredÂ foster care.Â Despite anÂ hour-long journey to school, HollyÂ gotÂ A-C grades in her GCSEs.
She then saved up for a car by working unsociable hoursÂ at a motorway service station, while studying for her A-levels. She alsoÂ Â managedÂ two months of voluntary work at a care home.Â
HollyÂ went onÂ to gainÂ twoÂ BsÂ and a C in her A levels, despite suffering two significant bereavements. Then sheÂ went on to a nursing degree.
With her car, Holly visits her mum,Â a 45-minute drive away, to support her and her two siblings.
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HerÂ former foster carer, Brian Parker,Â said: '˜Holly has seen at first hand the care system at work.Â It is so uplifting that she wants to reciprocate that care by helping others in need. She has enriched our lives and is about to do the same for many people as a qualified nurse.'
Holly said: 'Nursing is very rewarding and I feelÂ I fit right in. IÂ always wanted to become a nurse, but this may not have been the outcome if I wasn't placed with Brian and Lindsay.'