Ashton's Story

Story twenty – Ashton

“I’d like to think that in the beginning of their relationship, there was some love. But unfortunately over the course of their marriage it became a terribly abusive relationship. Our father was controlling and violent.

When I was 15 years old and my brother was 6, our father doused our mother in petrol and set her alight. He locked her in the caravan and left her to die from the burns to 99% of her body. We had no family to care for us so were uprooted from our family home and placed in foster care.

It’s because of the extraordinary work of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation that children – kids like Grant and me – get the help they need. Kids who’ve suffered the detrimental blows of a violent and aggressive upbringing are given renewed hope.

You can turn your soul-destroying journey into something positive. You can come out the other side. This is the work of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation that I value most – it provides a beacon of hope.”

Photo by: Tony Gough

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