Kirsty Young shares her story at HKF’s 25th Anniversary at the House of Lord’s.

Kirsty’s story is one of resilience, determination, and the power of community support. Despite facing immense trauma and adversity at a young age, she refused to let her circumstances define her. Instead, Kirsty took control of her life and worked tirelessly to rebuild it, one step at a time. 

Kirsty Young at the 25th Anniversary Celebration of HKF in House of Lords.

It was a chance encounter with a kind stranger that sparked the beginning of her healing journey. Phil, a vicar who saw the potential in Kirsty, offered her a glimmer of hope and support when she needed it most. From there, Kirsty began to rebuild her life, with education being a crucial component of her journey.

With the help of the Helena Kennedy Foundation, Kirsty was able to pursue her dreams of going to university and improving the lives of her children. The Foundation not only provided her with financial assistance, but also offered her ongoing support and encouragement. And with that support, Kirsty not only completed her degree but went on to pursue a career in education, where she could give back to those who may have faced similar struggles as she did.

Kirsty’s story is a testament to the fact that even in the darkest of times, there is always hope. It is a reminder that we are all capable of overcoming adversity with the right support and resources. And perhaps most importantly, it is a celebration of the power of community, and the incredible things that can happen when we come together to lift each other up.

Helena Kennedy, Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws and Kirsty Young (left to right) at the 25th Anniversary Celebration of HKF in House of Lords.

So to all of the graduates being celebrated today, know that you are part of the Helena Kennedy family, a community of support and encouragement that will be with you for life. And remember Kirsty’s story, and the incredible things that can happen when we refuse to let our circumstances define us. Congratulations, and may your futures be filled with endless possibilities.