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Fatima Whitbread's childhood

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Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose Report 8 Aug 2012 22:10

in care, on now channel 5. might be of interest to some, who have perhaps had a similar background?

"The former Olympic athlete returns to the flat in Hackney, London, where she was abandoned by her mother shortly after birth, and recalls the childhood years she spent in care. Fatima reveals how her life changed when she met javelin coach Margaret Whitbread, who helped nurture the young girl's love of sport - before eventually offering to adopt the future world champion at the age of 14. Fatima also discovers how her experiences compare with those of children in the current care system."