A single mother on benefits has started a Blacksmithing and Metalwork Level 2 course at Hereford College in September thanks to funding from the March Marcle Consolidated Charities Fund and the Herefordshire Education Fund.

Sending us pictures of her “in action” she also sent a lovely email telling us how much difference this opportunity is already making.

“Hi there.
I have a few more shots of me, but this time in the fabrication room. I was making a little shovel.
Once again I cannot thank you enough. I am on a steep learning curve and am loving every moment of it. After 20 years of wanting this, I am quite literally living the dream. And I’ve also made some new friends.
Thank you all so much.”

“Not bad for a first attempt, even if I do say so myself.”

We certainly agree!