When my father died suddenly 10 years ago it was a given that I would take on the family business. I was out of my depth but too scared and stupid to say so and just 18 months later the once thriving firm was going into liquidation. It was another agonising 12 months before the family realised what was going on. I spent a whole year leaving the house at the same time every morning but instead of going to work I went to the bookies or the park or the pub or just drove around. Then my double life of loving husband and father and workaholic son was over and I was just the gambling alcoholic.
I can honestly say that Blenheim rescued me. For the first time in my life I felt that I wasn’t pressurised, just encouraged. I can’t describe the relief I felt in being able to be open and honest. I am now in my final year of my teaching degree. Teaching is what I always wanted to do, if only I had had the confidence to say so back then.