/ Key title John Peel first brought Judy's moving childhood story to light on Home Truths. Abducted by her psychotic spiritualist father and kept like a dog in his backyard, she suffered in a Manchester orphanage run by nuns before being taken to South Africa. There she ended up living wild on the streets. Today Judy has founded 7 centres for street children. / In the same genre as No. 1 bestseller Little Prisoner, this memoir is a harrowing but uplifting classic of its kind / Judy Westwater's childhood story prompted John Peel, on Home Truths, to say: 'If Judy's story doesn't become a book and a film, I'll be amazed' / Judy Westwater won an Unsung Heroes Award in Autumn 04. Afterwards, Radio 2's Jeremy Vine wrote to her saying how moved he was by her story / To date, Judy Westwater has opened 7 centres in the South African townships to help children in need. She has given talks to thousands across the UK to raise money for this cause.
Judy Westwater lived an extraordinary life. Abducted by her father and treated to a childhood of terror, slavery and abuse in postwar Manchester, she was then taken to South Africa where she was left to fend for herself on the streets. Determined that her childhood experiences should in some way give meaning to her life, Judy has worked tirelessly to help children in need back in South Africa in the very place she had been treated to such abuse herself. She has opened 7 centres to date.
`If Judy's story doesn't become a book, DVD, video I'll be amazed.' John Peel