It was so much pressure I found it really hard to handle, and ended up developing an eating disorder. I was sent from Skipton to live with my grandparents in London and didn’t have any contact with my mum for the next four years.

Moving to London gave me the opportunity to catch up. I joined the xl programme run at my school by The Prince’s Trust. It helped me become more confident and I made some good friends. But then things got difficult again when I ended up in an abusive relationship and on my 19th birthday I was raped. I went back to Skipton to be with my mum.

I tried really hard to find a job but I didn’t get anywhere. I started working three dead-end jobs just to make ends meet.

When I met my partner and had a baby, juggling all these jobs was impossible.

It seemed like the only thing I could do was become self-employed. I had no money, no real support network and no idea I even had the skills to do it. All I knew was that I wanted to be a good role model for my daughter – I had to give it a go.

I joined the Enterprise course run by The Prince’s Trust which taught me how to start a business. They supported me in launching my business, Macie’s Party Hire, a bouncy castle and soft play hire company.

It’s very easy to be discriminated against when you have a small child. I was on the verge of giving up, but The Prince’s Trust made me believe in myself and if you believe in yourself others will too.