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Dysgu Cymru Inspire Learners' Awards. Please call back soon for more amazing stories..

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Kelly Amanda Williams...
Kelly Williams had always enjoyed learning. As a child she joined the Brownies and Girl Guides before becoming a St. John's Ambulance cadet, and then working her way up to the adult First Aiders.

Unfortunately Kelly became ill with a virus which left her left leg in paralysis and a break down in her immune systems. During her many years in and out of hospital she had a fall which led to amnesia.

Kellys nominator, Moyra Darielle Aston says 'At this stage she could not recognize her friends and family and it was only by going through her diaries that she was able to piece her life back together again. After a few months her memory began to return but this was accompanied with blurred vision and fits, and she was reluctantly removed from school in 1993'.

Facing up to her problems, Kelly went to college with her leg in a full brace to study Health & Social Care, French and Woodwork. A physiotherapist told Kelly she would never walk again but by 2000, Kelly had proved them wrong. She joined a karate club, achieving her brown and white belts.


Kelly has gone on to develop the Ponthafran website and also used her ICT skills to make a short animated film, 'Poor Dad' which won the community award at last year's Pink Snowball Film Awards in Tywyn.

'I love to help people and having physical and mental health problems I hope to contribute what I can back to my community,' says Kelly ' I would like for the people who have supported, encouraged and inspired me without judgment to be proud of me. My learning experiences have helped so much with my recovery especially when I was struggling and had no self belief. It's given me a sense of personal achievement and brought me out of my shell... Well, a bit!'


You can watch Kelly's video here >>

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