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Derby, United Kingdom

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I am new to “Just Giving” and since setting up my account, I have had mixed emotions as to why I should ask for your help having never done anything like this before. I have also had to overcome emotional barriers namely “my pride” in asking for your help, yet having spoken to some highly-respected individuals in my life I have decided to press ahead and explain my approach and use of this platform.

I left school with 4 CSE’s, 3 of those were equivalent to a grade D, although I went onto find employment with some well-known blue chip organisations within the IT industry, I was never completely fulfilled as an individual. After having my first child at 40 years of age, I made a life changing decision to return to higher education. In 2009, I enrolled on a 3-year Business Management degree course at the University of Derby, after overcoming many challenges I passed with a first-class degree in Business Management, I also left with a diploma in Management and Leadership. My experience at the university of Derby was highly liberating as my intellect, personal capabilities and perceptive boundaries were completely challenged allowing me to go on and achieve levels of attainment that I never knew possible.  

In 2013, I was accepted onto a Master’s degree course at the London School of Economics. Studying in London was an extremely challenging as we had very little family support also, having to pay high rental prices and child care costs on one salary was particularly hard to juggle. My studies were centered around caring for my son and my husband’s three shift pattern (morn. aft, nights). Anyone who has undertaken a master’s degree will be able to identify with the workload that is involved …. However, I can say that I graduated in December 2014.  

The reality of the situation is that I have been left with a considerable amount of student debt. Unfortunately, I now find myself out of work having moved back to Derby. You may ask why this so important to me? well its simple “I don’t like debt”. Currently 1.25% Interest is applied to the outstanding amount each month, it then becomes a financial burden. Mark (my husband) is doing all he can to help me clear off the outstanding amount, also I am in the process of trying to find employment to help speed up the process.

All I simply ask is “please can you assist me in reducing this debt”, your donation is not mandatory; however, any financial assistance that you can give would reduce the burden of this large overhead and would be truly life changing, alternatively please share with your network as each Facebook share on average could be worth £10.

I enclose a picture image of my last statement as evidence that my request is legitimate.    I intend to keep you updated with my progress.

Thanks, in advance

Sharon Birkin

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      Sharon Birkin

      Sharon Birkin

      Derby, United Kingdom

      At the age of 41I made a life changing decision to go back into further education, I left school with 4 CSE's, 3 being equiv. to a grade D. I have since achieved a 1st Class Bus. Degree and a Masters Degree from LSE. I have set up this page to help pay off my student debt.

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