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Julia, originally from Ashton-under-Lyne, Manchester, was entered into the final by along with 4 other students, after being nominated by life-long friend Gillian Turner.

Her story was announced as the winning entry, and she will now be presented with a Peugeot 107 car worth £5,000 sourced via JCT 600, at a prize-giving day with later this month.

The mother of two has been praised for returning to education at the age of 34, after having raised her family – and in particular for helping son, Tyler, a sufferer of both Autism and Asperger’s syndrome to overcome problems with his speech and communication.

Julia learnt to encourage Tyler’s speech by singing his favourite song to him in their small, all white family


“I did all the dance movements as well, and Tyler would join in. He soon began to mimic me, and make sounds and it wasn't long before these mumbles turned into words.”

After speaking to Tyler’s occupational therapist about how well this technique had worked for herself and her son, the therapist asked permission for it to be used as a guide for other parents and as part of future training in occupational therapy.

Having fought hard to keep Tyler in mainstream school, Julia was successful, and her son has also now gone on into higher education to study plumbing at college.

With more time for herself, Julia went to Tameside college firstly to gain her GCSE’s, and then completed an Access to Nursing course before being accepted on to the BSc Adult Nursing degree course at Salford University where she is currently in her first year of study.

Julia’s response to hearing the news of winning the award.

“I felt very overwhelmed just having been nominated by Gillian. When she finally told me, I was already one of the chosen 5 finalists. Winning the competition means so much. The car will improve my commuting needs, but also, just having been voted the ‘Most Deserving Student’ is a huge reward in itself – the recognition of how my life has been is the best reward ever!”

Julia is now looking forward to completing her course and graduating as a nurse: “It’s my life goal to become a nurse; working as part of a multidisciplinary team, so that I can help others that may not be able to help themselves due to illness, sickness, disease or accidents,” She added.

The Most Deserving Student Award site, located here: : .. received nominations from friends, family and tutors of UK students studying at colleges and universities up and down the country.

Stephen Jury of, : .. said: “The award has brought to our attention a great number of genuine hardworking students, juggling the demands of their course with extra activities, such as charity work or helping out friends or members of their community. Our finalists have all deserved the praise they’ve been given, and we’re pleased to be able to give a car away to our winner, Julia, to help make her day to day life that bit easier.”

Included in the final alongside Julia was Sophie Hannah Davis of Nottingham Trent University, Vicky White of Birmingham City University, Charlotte Moore of Swansea University and Cassie Galpin of Westminster University.

Each of the finalist’s stories can be read here: : ..

The Award website will be updated with news of Julia’s prize giving day later this month: : ..


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Since the first award in 2011, has awarded a Local Hero, Student and a Business with the Most Deserving title. They have given away two cars, one van, and cash donations and prizes worth £6,500. : ..

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