My son is a very inspirational man of whom I am very proud. He is an Assistant Head Teacher in a secondary school and has the respect of all who know him, pupils and colleagues. He grew up in a violent home, where his step father terrorised the whole family. He did not let this make him bitter, but he is very aware of the issues that some young people face, and is more sensitive to the needs of the students because of it. He did his best to support and protect us when the abuse was happening and he became the man of the house when he was only fourteen. He took responsiblility for many household tasks. He had to work weekends to get through University and he even worked during the holidays to pay his own way. He has helped me with my work in domestic abuse and has raised money for the charity I set up because of my experiences. He has run the Marathon for us, on one occasion dressed as a fairy, played in band nights and has spent time putting together furniture for a new refuge for women and children. As I am disabled and live alone Simon still does many things to make my life easier, even though he works really long hours. Simon has always encouraged me in my work and when launching a charity seemed a distant dream he encouraged and supported me. the project now has three refuges and a drop in centre. Simon helped to make that happen and is a constant support. I would love to see him have this opportunity for all that he has done, on a daily basis, to help many.