Homeless student who graduated with a degree ‘an inspiration’

A student who was homeless during her studies but went on to get a degree has been hailed as an “inspiration”.

Sarah Brundson was homeless as a teenager and without stability and or a quiet home environment, she would often sleep at school to get her rest.

But Sarah, 29, went on to defy the odds and graduated from the University of Liverpool with a degree in English.

The graduate was praised by ECHO readers, as dozens of people on social media called Sarah inspirational.

Nadia Correia said: “Awww amazing. What an amazing girl. Her hard work and determination, despite her circumstances, will bring her far in life. Wish her all the best.”

Leroy Johnson wrote: “Well done, just shows with all the odds stacked against you the human spirit can over come anything.”

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Tom Carrington said: “Well done young lady. An example and inspiration to many.”

And Corinne Walsh simply said: “Such an inspiration.”

Stevie King also called Sarah “remarkable”.

Sarah, now living in Rainford, told the ECHO : “I lost my home after a family breakdown when I was 15. I sofa surfed with a lot of older friends so I kind of flew under the radar a little bit.”

Her school noticed that Sarah’s living arrangements were not stable and got her help, which saw her placed in the Powerhouse Liverpool for just over 12 months.

The Powerhouse Liverpool, according to its website, provides a “temporary, supported accommodation for young people aged between 16 and 21”.

Sarah has now worked with the Powerhouse since graduating, saying: “We had a lot of meetings there, that was strange but it was also an empowering feeling returning there as a professional to support the people that were living there.”

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Sarah lived in numerous placements during her A levels and was luckily able to secure help with a flat before moving into student accommodation as she had managed to land herself a place on an English course at the University of Liverpool.

She said: “It was going to uni that lifted me out of homelessness.”

Sarah’s desire to help people isn’t limited to tackling homelessness in England. She is also involved with the charity LifeLines where people become pen pals to people on death row in America.

Sarah is now fundraising to be able to complete a second masters degree. A fundraiser for Sarah’s education costs can be found here.

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