Mom Kicked Out of School for Being Pregnant at 14 Doesn't Give Up, Graduates with Daughter by Her Side

Salwa Nadeem
Jul 07, 2022
04:30 P.M.

A girl from Leeds was on the verge of giving up on her life while facing multiple difficulties in school. Soon, she discovered she was pregnant, which gave her a reason to live. Little did she know that becoming a mother would ultimately change her life and allow her to turn her dreams into reality.


When people go through a rough patch in life, they feel unmotivated. They stop finding joy in the things that previously made them happy. Their friends and family notice a sudden change in their behavior, and some people even give up on their lives.

In times like these, people look for something that gives them a reason to live. The woman in today's story also experienced something similar, but she recovered from the sad phase of her life after discovering she was pregnant.



Rachael Campey, a resident of Crossgates, Leeds, in the UK, went through a period of mental stress while being bullied in school. Because of everything going on, the 14-year-old girl gave up on life but was lucky enough to survive.

While she was still at her lowest point, she discovered she was pregnant. Knowing that her body was carrying a baby changed her perspective on life. She said:

"When I found out I was pregnant, it kind of saved me. It gave me a new lease of life."



Getting pregnant at 14 wasn't a pleasant experience for Campey. Her school kicked her out, and then she had to make her way through at least seven different institutions to complete her education. She said to her daughter:

"When I found out I was pregnant with you at 14, I promised I would work non-stop to give you the best childhood I could."

To give her daughter, Lily-Rose, the best life, Campey worked multiple jobs while studying. She did everything she could to make her daughter smile. Her hard work paid off in 2019 when she saw her daughter smile from ear to ear.



After Campey finished studying at York College, she enrolled at Leeds Trinity University in the counseling psychology program.

She confessed she was on a "dark" path before her daughter brightened it up with her existence.

She recalled the time she wrote her dissertation while Lily-Rose sat beside her and completed her homework. The 6-year-old knew her mother was working hard to graduate.



At one point during the first year of university, Campey was on the verge of dropping out. she had almost given up because of her hectic schedule. Studying, working, and looking after her daughter wasn't an easy task for Campey. She recalled:

"I was walking down the hall crying my eyes out going to drop out of university, thinking 'this is such a mess, why have I put myself in this situation."

The hardworking mom didn't give up and eventually graduated. She said her university was very supportive, which immensely helped her.



Six years after giving birth to her daughter, Campey donned a black gown on her graduation day and walked to the ceremony venue while holding Lily-Rose's hand. She recalled:

"Lily was just grinning at me and said I looked like someone off Hogwarts."

Campey felt nervous while attending her graduation ceremony, but watching her daughter cheer for her sitting in the crowd made her feel better. After all, Lily-Rose's birth was why she worked hard during the past few years.

While Lily-Rose's mom walked toward the stage to collect her degree, she heard the announcer pronounce Campey's surname wrong. The little girl immediately rose from her seat and corrected them, saying, "That's my mummy!"



Having Lily-Rose was the biggest motivation for Campey to graduate despite the hurdles she faced. She confessed she was on a "dark" path before her daughter brightened it up with her existence. Campey said:

"If I hadn't had Lily-Rose, because I was struggling with my mental health, I don't think I would be here now."

While talking about her daughter, Campey said Lily-Rose wanted to be an Olympian and had wished to become one since she was two. She hoped Lily-Rose would achieve her goal one day.



Campey advised other young parents not to give up if they suffered from mental health issues. She motivated them to achieve their goals as she did.

It's not only Lily-Rose who considers her mother an inspiration. Campey was nominated as an inspirational individual for the Yorkshire Choice Awards in 2020. She is also an ambassador for MindMate, an organization that helps young people and professionals.

Campey's inspirational story teaches us not to give up no matter where life takes us. Like the young mother, one should always be motivated to achieve their goals despite the hurdles one faces.


If you liked this story, share it with your friends and family to motivate them. They would love to read about Campey's journey.

Click here to read about a single dad's journey of raising his daughter. He listed seven things he is tired of hearing whenever he steps out in public.

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