Mariajacky is a very bright young Mancunian, battling through huge obstacles to fulfil her ambition…

After many disruptions in her education, Mariajacky had to leave her family home and moved into The Contact hostel for homeless young women in Whalley Range. Studying at St Peters RC High School and no longer supported by her family, she relied on donations from her local church and the support of the great people at The Contact. For most teenagers, this would spell the end of their education – but not for her.


Studying full time, Mariajacky took on casual work at KFC to fund her travel and her laptop costs. Then during her GCSEs she was caught up in the Arena attack on 22nd May 2017 – remarkably managing to continue to study despite the huge stress from this experience. As a resilient young woman, she went on to get great results in her 9 GCSEs and entered 6th Form College.

To concentrate on her studies, Mariajacky stopped working part-time, and again finances became a big problem. It was at this point that she heard of We Love MCR Charity and our Manchester’s Rising Stars Fund. We were delighted to award her a Grant to enable her to pay off her laptop debt and to fund her travel to college and to the library. This eased the financial pressures as she prepared for her final A-Level exams….

And the story continues! Mariajacky did so well in her exams that she has now taken a place at Leeds University, to study Aviation Technology with Pilot Studies. Now that is a Rising Star!! As a young woman still with no family to support her, we were delighted to award her a second grant, to fund essential items so she could move into a new room in Leeds. If we count for even 1% of Mariajacky’s success, we’re immensely proud of her, and thankful we could help. We welcome her as our new Ambassador and cannot wait to see the next chapter of her success unfold…

Mariajacky says: 

“The We Love MCR grants have helped me so much. Being able to study hard without always thinking about finances helped me to get to University. And I was able to use the second grant to pay the deposit on my new room, and buy bedding, pots and pans, and put something towards a bike which helps me to cut my transport costs. I also have more confidence in focussing on my educational career instead of worrying about where my support will come from. I’m determined to succeed!”