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The 3am Whatsapper: Why I Wouldn’t be Where I am Without my Mum

Dear Tilly,

We are thrilled to inform you that ‘That Oxford Girl’ has been accepted as one of nine businesses on the Oxford Foundry’s Women’s Business Accelerator….

This was seriously cool. Aged ten, I’d made up my mind I wanted to study at Oxford Uni but the same year I became seriously ill and from that point onwards, hardly went to school. I was at a state school and told not to bother taking my GCSEs or applying to uni but held onto my goal and went on to be offered a place at Jesus College to read English. 

Whilst there I found out I’d been living with 13 years of undiagnosed active Tuberculosis. I commenced 18 months of life-saving chemotherapy treatment. When I graduated I launched ‘That Oxford Girl’; a powerful free platform increasing access, social mobility and diversity at Oxford Uni.