Former Spalding schoolboy Rev Mark Edwards will be talking about how he overcame his terrible early years and turned his life around in a public event next Thursday (March 8).
The author of the book ‘Life After Care: From Lost Cause to MBE,’ will speak from 7.15-9pm at Bookmark in The Crescent, Spalding.
He will re-tell the triumphant story of how he came out the other side after several suicide attempts following a battle with mental illness.
He also suffered anger issues and sexual and physical abuse while growing up in foster care and a children’s home.
In his book, he shares how he turned his life around, with the right treatment for his illness, the support of his wife, family and good friends.
He also explains how he found meaning in his role in the church and volunteering in the wider community.
Often written off as a troublemaker who would amount to nothing, Mark is the recipient of an MBE at Buckingham Palace, for his services to the community, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
He is also a father, grandfather, a first ambulance responder, vicar and respected figure.
Tickets for the talk are £5, available from Bookmark in Spalding.