I’m not usually one to read the sports pages but sitting on the train this morning I flicked through the Metro and saw the excellent feature on Khadijah Mellah who won a charity race yesterday at Glorious Goodwood!
The 18 year old learnt to ride at a local stable in Brixton but only sat on a race horse two months ago.
Breaking all barriers, perceptions and assumptions, Khadijah said in the report ‘I definitely want to keep going – I’ve loved every second. It’s been a whirlwind……Ambitious women can make it – that is what I want to represent’.
I think she’s achieved the status of showing every human being they can achieve want they want with self-belief, determination and encouragement.
Now, shouldn’t this have been front page news?
I’ve had a decade plus link to MHFAEngland from it’s early begins of just a handful of staff to the present day. Gillian, MHFAEngland’s Business Manager and I go back way before this time to the days of the Real Apprentice (an employment programme I ran from 2004-2013).
Back in 2015 Gillian and the team at MHFAEngland selected Reese to join them on Growing Talent (www.growing-talent.co.uk) with the potential of an end permanent job in administration with them.
Reese had minimal employment experience at the time and pretty low self-belief so it was a really scary time for him. He flourished and secured the permanent job and has been there since. It felt good knowing he was processing the certificates of following Growing Talent Associates who completed the MHFA Adult 2 day course as part of their Growing Talent journey.
Yesterday, Gillian and I met up for a long overdue catch-up and she told me she had something from Reese – the feature photo. So great to see him looking happy and confident – four years on.
Anyone can change where they are in life through self-belief, determination and support.