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Amy Lloyd

Amy from the UK represented children who have been separated from their parents and are cared for by society. Now, she’s ‘retired’ from the jury, and a patron of the WCP

Amy Lloyd, United Kingdom: “My mother has never really been there for me. She used to leave me on my own for days at a time. When she came home she would just say ‘What have you done?’ and beat me.

When I was 10, my mum called social services and said that if I stayed with her my life would be in danger, and that she would kill me. That day, it was time for me to leave home.

I was taken to a stranger’s house, where I just kept asking myself what I had done wrong. My mum always said everything was my fault. For a while I believed her, and blamed myself. Then I realised that it wasn’t my fault.

The only thing I have ever wished for is a proper family that loves me whatever I do, however I look, because of who I am.”