Woman launches campaign to help fund her Masters degree

Helen Brown, aged 25, of Sheffield
Helen Brown, aged 25, of Sheffield
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A Sheffield woman is calling on the public to help her dreams of becoming an author come true.

Graduate Helen Brown, aged 25, cannot afford to go back to university to study for a Master degree in creative writing.

But instead of giving up her dream the former Chaucer School pupil has launched a campaign to try to raise £5,000.

Helen, who lives near the Northern General Hospital in Fir Vale, said: “It is not something I would normally do and it’s a bit embarrassing actually, but I want to be certain that I can afford to go when finishing the applications for a creative writing MA – I don’t want to rely on scholarships.

“Many wealthy students can afford to go without hesitation, and therefore have a massive advantage on the jobs market. Being a woman, from the north, and from a working class background is like a triple-disadvantage.”

Helen achieved a first class degree in art history at the University of Nottingham and now wants to return to university to fulfil her dreams of becoming a published author.

She is in the process of applying to Oxford University, City University, Kingston University, UEA, Bath Spa, and Lancaster.

Helen wrote on her fundraising page: “This is about making education equally accessible to all.

“It may be my MA, but in giving to my cause you are making a contribution to society.

“Postgraduate education should be within reach of all who are capable in the country - not just those who can afford it.”

n To help Helen visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/creative-writing-ma