Belfast barber urges these receiving GCSE outcomes to purpose for the sky

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younger barber from Belfast who has trimmed tresses internationally – together with these of Manchester United soccer gamers – has urged GCSE college students to purpose for the sky.

Mark Hawthorne, 21, from the Shankill space, is presently working in Melbourne with ambitions arrange his personal model in Belfast in addition to mentor younger folks.

He acquired his GCSE outcomes on the Belfast Boys Mannequin faculty in 2017 after experiencing private challenges together with being positioned into care on the age of 11.

Mark Hawthorne gathering his GCSE outcomes (Mark Hawthorne/PA) / PA Media

At the moment, official statistics pointed to only 15% of looked-after youngsters getting 5 good GCSEs.

There was additionally the backdrop of a report which had discovered that loyalist working class boys had been falling behind by way of training.

Nevertheless Mark secured eight good GCSE passes, together with two Bs and 6 Cs.

He mentioned his mom had struggled with drug dependency and psychological well being issues, and so they had been compelled to go away their residence in Carrickfergus.

After I was at school, I felt like a statistic and was informed I might be fortunate to get 5 {qualifications}, however I’ve had jobs in London, have been supplied jobs in Canada and now I am in Melbourne till subsequent yr

“I used to be going nuts at school, getting suspended. Getting taken into care was most likely one of the best factor that ever occurred to me as a result of it helped me be capable of assist my mum be capable of get clear, and now we now have an excellent relationship, and I respect her a lot,” he informed the PA information company.

“The primary factor I wish to do now could be assist different folks. I do know from expertise it solely takes one particular person believing in you to vary your life, like my foster household believed in me.”

Similtaneously his research, he gave his time as a youth help employee at St Peters Immaculata Youth Centre on the nationalist Falls Highway, throughout the peace wall from his residence on the decrease Shankill.

5 years on, he mentioned at that stage he felt slightly misplaced by way of what to do subsequent, and as college students this week put together to obtain their GCSE outcomes, he mentioned he needs to emphasize to them how a lot is feasible no matter their background.

“I wish to present folks ready for his or her GCSE outcomes now how a lot they’ll do,” he mentioned.

“After I was at school, I felt like a statistic and was informed I’d be fortunate to get 5 {qualifications}, however I’ve had jobs in London, have been supplied jobs in Canada and now I’m in Melbourne till subsequent yr.

“After I was 16, for those who’d ask me the place I’d be in 5 years’ time, I’d have mentioned, I don’t know.

Mr Hawthorne giving an indication of his barbering expertise (Mark Hawthorne/PA) / PA Media

“I would like folks to know that even for those who don’t get the grades you need, grades aren’t every little thing, it’s about your drive, your motivation and the way a lot you need it.

“I’m nowhere close to the place I wish to be, however I’ve turned it round and received awards, I work in an award-winning salon in Melbourne. Stuff I’d by no means have dreamed of, however I’ve been in a position to get there.”

He paid tribute to Belfast Boys Mannequin for sticking by him and mentioned he was virtually persuaded to return to do A-levels however after speaking along with his head of yr and his foster dad and mom, he determined to observe his dream of slicing hair.

Mark went to Belfast Metropolitan School and bought his {qualifications}, after which he received a pupil barber of the yr prize.

“After I went to get my award, there was an enormous banner with me and my boss on it, it was loopy, solely two or three years earlier than I used to be almost getting kicked out of faculty,” he mentioned.

He went on to coach in London, nonetheless the coronavirus pandemic noticed him return residence to Belfast the place his foster dad and mom informed him they needed him to stick with them till he was 21, quite than leaving at 18.

Mr Hawthorne received pupil of the yr on the Belfast Met (Mark Hawthorne/PA) / PA Media

This yr he took up a job alternative in Melbourne, which led to the life-long Manchester United fan not solely getting to satisfy among the gamers but additionally reduce their hair.

“It was loopy, I’d by no means have thought I’d get to do one thing like that,” he mentioned.

Subsequent for Mark can be working once more in London, creating into trend styling and in direction of editorial work.

He described among the traits on the minute as together with longer kinds on males.

“I did a mullet a couple of days in the past, there’s a lot variety in males’s hair, I find it irresistible however issues are typically extra straight and slim in Belfast,” he mentioned.

“However that’s why I needed to do a little bit of travelling, I wish to be probably the greatest, to see the range after which convey it residence.

“I wish to both have my very own model, or be a part of a model and have a salon in Belfast metropolis centre.”


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