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Guildford Special Constable appears on ITV's This Time Next Year

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Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 5:15pm 20th February 2019.

A newly appointed Special Constable from Woking has appeared on ITV's This Time Next Year. 

 Lynsey Harwood, who is 19, wanted to give something back to the community after leaving foster care.

 She first entered foster care when she was 14 years old and was fostered for four years.  

 This Time Next Year features ordinary people on a mission to transform their lives in the space of 12 months.

 It was Lynsey’s dream job to join the police force and last night's (19 February) episode saw her make that dream come true. 

 Speaking to Davina McCall, the show's presenter, last year, Lynsey said: 

"This time next year I'd like to become a police officer. Throughout my life I haven't really had a good upbringing. I came into foster care. I lived with my aunty for a year but sadly I couldn't stay there any longer.

I moved to my foster parents and I stayed there for four years. They helped me become who I am today really. They helped me build my confidence because I did used to get bullied in school quite a lot.” 

Lynsey didn’t get through the application process the first time due to failing the Maths and English exam.

Applicants that fail the process have to wait six months before applying again.

 The show saw Lynsey pledge to try and become a special constable first (a volunteer police officer) to try and gain some experience.

She told Davina:

“I'm going to try and go through doing a voluntary police officer, get some experience as a special constable. So that's what I want to do and then obviously go up from there.

 I'm ready to achieve something and show people that I can actually achieve something in life."

Davina told Lynsey: “I think you’re flipping amazing.”

The episode then sees Lynsey come back on stage, a year later, to tell Davina how she achieved her dream.

With help from private tutor Kathryn Hopwood from the LearnSmart Academy in Guildford, Lynsey managed to pass the entry exams and she became a Special Constable with Surrey Police, in Guildford, in September 2018.

 Lynsey said to Davina “I’ve been knocked down so many times. It’s the best thing I’ve achieved in life.”  

You can watch the episode on the ITV Hub here

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