YORKSHIRE Sheppardress Amanda Owen opened up about the impact of losing her dad as a teenager.
Our Yorkshire Farm star Amanda, 46, talked about her childhood trauma of losing a parent in a new campaign for Barnardo's.
In a candid video, Amanda said: “My name’s Amanda Owen and my dad died when I was 17.
“So, my dad was called Maurice, he was a giant of a man.
“He was six foot nine, he was just a real gentle giant.”
The mum of nine added: “We had a great relationship, but I suppose thinking about it now, I maybe would have made more of the time that we have together.
“If I’d known I was going to lose him at such a young age.
“So, if I could give one piece of advice or message to any children or young people out there who, sadly this year have lost parents, grandparents, relatives or friends.”
“I would just say, ‘Try and find it within yourself to talk about how you’re feeling.
“Don’t keep those emotions all bottled up inside.”
Barnardo’s Believe in Me campaign centres around how bereavement impacts young people and how they can seek support.
The charity’s chief executive, Javed Khan, expressed the importance of Amanda’s role in the campaign.
He said: “We are grateful to Amanda for sharing her personal experiences in order to raise awareness of the challenges faced by vulnerable children and young people across the UK.
“Losing a parent is a traumatic experience for anyone, but especially for a child.
“It is vital that they receive specialist support at the right time so they can process their grief.
“At Barnardo’s, we believe that with the right support all children can recover from trauma and work towards a positive future.”
The campaign comes after Amanda Owen shared her fears for her youngest daughter Clemmy as she grows up.
Our Yorkshire Farm continues on Channel 5 on Tuesday at 9pm.
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