Patron Jake Humphrey introduces Break’s success stories
PUBLISHED: 23:16 18 October 2012 | UPDATED: 23:16 18 October 2012
Jake Humphrey may have been the headliner for a Norfolk charity’s showcase event at The Forum last night, but it was the inspirational young people it has helped who stole the show.
The Norwich-born television presenter led a moving presentation highlighting the work done by Break, which is now concentrating all its efforts on young people and their families.
The charity, which runs children’s homes and centres across the county and has bases in Norwich and Sheringham, invited around 120 people from local businesses and charities to reveal its newly-developed focus on four key areas: Young people in care and moving on from care; children and young people with disabilities; families in need of support; and children at risk.
Break patron Mr Humphrey, who attended Framingham Earl High School, said: “For so many people across Norfolk, Break is their family. It’s a job we taken incredibly seriously.
“We really hope we are going to have so many fantastic success stories, in the years to come, of the young people who have been part of the Break programme and have gone on to do great things.”
During his presentation, Mr Humphrey introduced some of those success stories including Emma, a teenager at a Norwich children’s home, and Anthony, a former children’s home resident who is now pursuing his dream of being a football coach in the USA.
The presentation finished with the showing of a film called Black and White, which aims to challenge the negative stereotypes of children in care.
It has been directed by Jarone Maklin-Page, and created by his production company, with the help of a number of Break children.
Mr Macklin-Page is from Gimingham, near Cromer, and spent his teens in Break children’s homes in Sheringham and Mundesley. He said: “I first became involved with Break after a difficult childhood. When I first went into care, I thought it was worst thing that had happened to me. I thought I would never see my mum again, I thought it was literally the end.”
Mr Macklin-Page, 24, even went out and got drunk on his first night, at the age of 14, and brought back in a police car, to try to make the charity reject him.
“After about six months my attitude changed entirely,” he said. “I realised I wasn’t being punished. I was suddenly in a position where I could look at things like acting.
“The first time I heard my mum say she was proud of me was when I was acting.”
He has now graduated from the prestigious Italia Conti theatre school and will today audition for a role in Hollyoaks.