All entries are from emails sent to Cathy, however she cannot be held liable for the validity of the claims made, some of which are very disturbing. Cathy reads and replies to as many emails as she can.
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Hello Cathy Your book Cut was so touching I stayed up most the night to come to the end and I did cry. It just broke my heart and I spent the next day wondering if Dawn ever phoned again or called. Then it made me think if I were to ever be in care I would always want to keep contact, even thinking about it now breaks my heart. If felt like I knew Dawn. I’m from Ireland too. I’m now reading Hidden and enjoying that as well. What you do is so nice and I never thought about fostering but I might one day.
Nicole O, 15, 01/06/2009
Hi Cathy, Just wanted to let you know I have just finished reading your latest book The Saddest Girl in the World. Once again congratulations. I cannot tell you how much I look forward to starting your books but equally feel sad when I have finished them as I have enjoyed them so much and always dread them coming to an end. What absolutely wonderful children you have, you must be so very proud of them. I always thought they were special to be able to accept other children into their home but with this little girl they really were tested to the limit and were so understanding of her problems especially your daughter as she was so young at the time. I do hope you are going to continue writing your books Cathy. I am not having a very good year, for a number of reasons and so I hope you are writing another book as your last one was my escape – when I went to bed at night to shut out all the things that are going on in my life at the moment and enter your world of fostering. Take care Cathy and I look forward to many more of your wonderful books
Ann S, 01/06/2009
You inspire me Cathy. I started reading ‘Damaged’ about two month ago and have since read ‘Cut’, and have just 5 minutes ago finished ‘Hidden’. I think you’re amazing, the way you change children’s lives, it’s so unreal. I had a childhood dream to become a beautician, like most teenage girls do. That all changed when I found your book on my teacher’s desk and asked to borrow it after reading the first few pages, and how glad I am now that she allowed me as now my childhood dream is completely different. I’m 14 and in my 3rd year at secondary school and have now decided I want to be just like you. I admire your hard-working, understanding, and very patient ways with children Cathy. You really have changed my views for my future. I passed on your books to friends and encouraged them to read them. I’m now looking forward to going to town at the weekend and buying your other book- ‘The Saddest Girl In The World’. You’re a true star in my eyes Cathy Glass. If only there were more people like you in the world.
Dear Cathy, I just wanted to tell you you have set a new record for book reading for me! I just read your book Cut in a day. I absolutely loved it. You are an absolute inspiration and have made me want to foster when I have a family of my own. I am sitting exams at the minute to hopefully get myself into Uni to become a clinical psych, hopefully working in units like the one that Dawn went to. Fostering was never really something I wanted to do, but after I read your book it became a massive must. I know the work load and I really want to help. There are many children out there needing homes and I know that routines and boundaries help. I felt I should email you to let you know how brilliant you are. Keep doing what you are doing, you’re brilliant.
Jade L, 01/06/2009
Hi Cathy. Thanks for emailing when a new book comes out, I have read all your books and recommend them to my friends. I cried at the end of The Saddest Girl In The World, so did my friends. We love all your books. Every time you email me I get exited about the new book that’s coming out and I tell every one when it’s coming out, and go out and buy it! Thanks for writing your book.
Rachael S, 31/05/2009
Hi Cathy, I have just finished reading “Damaged”. I couldn’t put it down and read it every spare moment I had. It was a shocking story and made me feel so sad what this poor little girl had to endure with her sick and twisted family. I am looking forward to reading more from you. You wrote it beautifully and I would like to applaud you for your understanding, caring and loving approach, your children are very lucky to have a Mum like you. Social services are very very lucky to have you. I am glad you are still fostering. Good luck and have a happy and safe life.
Diane H, Perth, W.A, 29/05/2009
Hey Cathy, I’m not a very big reader. However I discovered your book Hidden and after two pages I was hooked. I read it at work, before bed, after work, before and after Neighbours and 3 days later I am here writing to you to tell you how wonderful the book was. For many years I have wanted to be a foster carer because we have a family friend who fostered until she retired with her husband. I was so moved by what she did it has now been something I really look forward to doing. I’m only 19 years of age and I have a nice new car and I am in the middle or purchasing a beautiful 2 bedroom unit. I work full time as well as looking after my father who is wheelchair bound and has been since I was almost 9. I believe I am very good with children and I bond very easily with almost everyone. My aim is that by 25 years of age I shall start fostering as a new career path. I will have plenty of time to prepare myself and to set myself up financially and securely and be prepared for almost anything. I know I won’t regret my decision, reading your book has really made me want to strive for that goal. I love to make a difference and one day like in your book, adopt one or maybe more of the children that come into my care. I’ve already started working towards my goal and I believe I am more than half way to reaching it. Thank you for writing such beautiful books, I have got a list of people from work who are buying your books or borrowing it from me to read because I have given it such great reviews. Once again, thank you.
Tammara H, 19, Australia, 29/05/2009
After reading Damaged I just wanted to say that not only were you a saint to precious little Jodie but so too were your children and parents. I thought you were all truly remarkable with your endless patience and understanding. I hope Jodie will get through this, she so deserves to be happy. Jodie you are one special little girl. Sweet dreams honey x.
Heather, Wales 28/05/2009
Dear Cathy I’ve just finished reading Hidden. I’m a very big fan of true stories like the ones you write, but all of the books I’ve read up 2 now have had me in tears. I couldn’t stop crying when I came to the end of Hidden. I sadly lost my father when I was 9 years old
L. Griffiths, 28/05/2009
Hello Cathy, I would like to say how much I enjoy reading your books. It makes me sad reading your stories but I enjoy them. I enjoy every book you’ve written, you’re a brilliant writer. Could you keep me up 2 date on your books coming out soon.
Hi Cathy. I love reading all your books and I’m really enjoying them. I will keep getting all your books and I will keep reading them. Hope to here from you soon
Beccy H, 28/05/2009
Hi, Cathy, I have read all your books now and I must admit that having to part with them, has been very hard, as I do love them, so. I’m am going back to SA and unfortunately, cant take them with me…..due to weight and so on, but as soon as I can I will get them all again once I am home. I can’t wait for your next book. Wish you could write a story about my life. You are an amazing woman, and the kids that come into care with you are very blessed. Kindest Regards.
Dear Cathy, last night I finished reading Damaged. I have always been a bit wary about reading these stories about child abuse. I hate the thought of a little child being hurt or neglected because I can’t have children. But my partner’s mum (an ex foster carer) said it was well worth a read. So I sat down one night with a cuppa and started to read…. Three nights later I still couldn’t put it down! Over the past few years certain memories have been coming back to me from when I was a child about my step father. I was emotionally abused by him until he died, my mum never saved me, never even tried. I have not cried in years until I read your book, for reasons I can’t truly explain! I am not an emotional person usually, and would never have dreamed of doing this in the past but your book has affected and inspired me to get some sort of help (cheesy I know!). There were times when I read your book that I was frustrated by Jodie’s behaviour and other times I felt so very very sad, both emotions prompted me to think how much patience and determination you really have. You don’t need to hear this from a stranger but I think you’re wonderful and I thank you for telling this story. My partner is doing her masters degree in social work and I told her all about Eileen (from your book) and how angry she made me! My partner is now reading your book to see how this story has made me change my mind about getting help, because I need to get rid of these demons. Thank you for helping me realise what I need to do. All the very best Cathy
Samantha J, Cardiff, UK, 26/05/2009
Hi Cathy, I’ve just finished reading Damaged and I’ve never read a book before that left me shattered and so sad. Not only did I cry but I felt pain for what Jodie went through and for her suffering. You are a blessing sent to look out for those most precious who are forgotten. To care and love like you do is an amazing strength that not everybody has. I was sad to read that Jodie was sent to a family closer to her school and that contact with her had to be limited to cards and phone calls. When I read the letter she wrote for you (Paula wrote on her behalf) I was so pleased and cried, but really loved how she had reached out to you. Beneath the surface she knew you cared and she had made progress while living with you. I do wish Jodie all the very best for the future and though she may never forget the abuse I really do hope she can live a wonderful life and be happy like every person deserves. Thank-you again for an amazing story that opened my eyes to a reality. You are an inspiration!
Ashley, Australia, 25/05/2009
Dear Cathy, I hope you and your family are well and happy! I’m on holiday in Gran Canaria at the moment. I read Cry Myself to Sleep by Joe peters and then read your latest book. It was great! I read it in the fastest time ever! I really couldn’t put it down. You’re a great Author! And a great foster carer! You make dreams come true and help children get out of their pain. You’re fantastic! You and Joe Peters are my inspiration and I admire you both for different reasons. I wish I could meet you! ha ha! I’m your biggest fan! Your children and foster children are very lucky to have you! I wish you could keep on writing more and more books!
Hannah G, Gran Canaria, 25/05/2009
Hello Cathy I started reading your book on Wednesday afternoon I finished today. I am horrified how Donna’s mother treated her so horrible . I am glad Donna is doing very well training to become a nurse. Donna has done very well for herself. I was crying for Donna to be ok. I always enjoy your books I can never put them down
Hello, I would just like to say that you and your stories are amazing! I first read Damaged 1 week ago while I was on the train. I could not put it down and I read it with in 2 days. It was excellent. I have never really been into reading until my mother said read Damaged, it’s a really good read, so I did. And when I returned home my mother had Cut and Hidden. I read both within 2 days. I could not put them down, I was so interested in how it all ended. I admire everything you have done for children in foster care. You must have an extraordinary amount of patience with children and a lot of love to share. I would also like you to know you have inspired me, and when I have my own home I would consider fostering myself. Also I would like to say that I have a friend whose mother fostered her nieces and nephew and I have passed your books for her to read so she can see the rewards you gain from helping others. Kind Regards
Gemma T, 19, 23/05/2009
Hi Cathy, My name is Laura and I’m 19 years old. I finished reading Hidden last night (which I read in 1 day) and also read Damaged whilst on holiday last year. I was completely taken in with the sad stories of both Jodie and Tayo. Your books are so well written and really convey the importance of children being taken care of in a loving and stable home. I have been brought up in a tight knit family with my mum and dad and younger brother and sister. I feel very privileged to have had such a wonderful upbringing but it saddens me greatly that not all children have this opportunity in life. I have just started reading Cut today which already I am finding hard to put down. It has really interested me finding out about the way in which you and your husband started fostering and the process you went through, and I have been online finding out some information myself. I understand I am too young to apply to be a foster carer at the moment but after reading your books, I almost certainly want to follow in your footsteps and help children less fortunate than I have been. You are a true inspiration and congratulations on the success of all your books. Yours,
Laura, 19, Glasgow, 21/05/2009
I started the journey with you and your books 4 months ago. I had to travel into central London and my sister, that day, had brought ‘Cut’. As a means to pass the time, I asked to borrow it and return it next day. However, I never expected to fall in love with it. Reading the first chapter I was hooked, and I couldn’t stop reading. I was shocked and saddened to read about Dawn’s life but was happy at how it ended. You truly are an amazing woman to deal with such circumstances. How calm and collected you were. You inspired me in so many ways. I also loved reading about Adrian’s first year in our world. After the book I needed another dose, so to speak, so I went into my local ASDA and found ‘The saddest girl in the world’ which I’m reading now. I’ve just read the birthday chapter. I am outraged with Rita. How she could treat her own daughter like that especially after what she told her at that school. Poor Donna. I actually cried on the train when I read about her opening her presents. I was so happy for her and my respect for you grew. This may sound weird, but after reading about Adrian as a baby, it was such a joy to read about him now 10 years old and how much he has grown up. It was like I had followed his baby life, how he started, to now read about him now. I was happy to hear you had another child, Paula, who’s just a sweet little gem. I was shocked beyond belief to find out you had divorced from John. When reading ‘Cut’ he seemed such a nice guy. Why you broke up I didn’t find out until earlier today when continuing with my reading for ‘The saddest girl in the world’. I’m outraged that he had done that to you and I’m so sorry about that. I have ordered every single book of yours thus far; Cut, Damaged and Hidden to keep as my own personal collection. So Cathy, you have inspired me to want to foster and to have kids. You are an amazing woman and I thank you for bringing your foster work into mine and the world’s life. Take care and thank you for your time. You’re amazing! Say hello to your kids for me.
Pete, UK, 21/05/2009
Hello, I’m 15 this year. I read your story and I love it, especially the book Damaged. I cried after reading it. It is very touching. I have thought of being a foster carer too but I think is hard and you need patience. How long does it take to write a book? I would like to know. I’m very curious.
Kelly, 15, Singapore, 21/05/2009
CG: Hi Kelly, yes, foster carers, like anyone caring for children do need to have patience. It usually takes me six months to write a book, then two months editing. One book (a novel) took me two years to write. Thanks for your interest. Cathy x
Dear Cathy, I began reading Damaged at 7pm last night and couldn’t go to sleep until I had finished which was well after midnight. I was totally hooked and felt disgusted that as a society we let this happen. I am slightly embarrassed to say that I am currently studying to become a social worker, though I know it is a painstakingly demanding job, never will I become a social worker like Elaine, I hope she was ashamed if she ever read the book!!!
Joanne, Cardiff, UK, 21/05/2009
Dear Cathy, I read Damaged at the beginning of the year and was so totally moved by it. At the time we were in the process of adopting a little boy who had been very badly abused by his mother. What an inspiration it was. We have our little boy now, although we are still waiting for the court to finalise the process. I have just finished reading Hidden and cried right the way thought the end of the book. I can’t wait to get my hands on your other books. The children that come into your lives are truly blessed to have come into your home. God Bless you for what you are doing.
Megan, S Africa, 20/05/2009
Dear Cathy, I just wanted to thank you for your books. I have just bought The Saddest Girl In The World and couldn’t put it down, just like your previous books, I finished in a day. Your books touched me so much that I am now thinking about becoming a foster carer. However, my own daughter is only 3 years old and I feel that she is perhaps a bit young for that. I really just wanted to write to tell you how much I admire your patience with the children in your care, and how much you give the children. You have really changed my outlook in life and also encouraged me to take a career change. Thank you, I hope you keep up the good work.
Emma, Ayrshire, Scotland, 19/05/2009
Hi Cathy, have read all of your books so far and have just read your note on the Baby P case as I am having a battle with social services myself over my niece. The system needs drastic change as it is taking unbelievable amounts of neglect and awful living conditions before social services will even bother to take any action. Time and time again children get sent back to their parents as social services believe that’s “the best place for them” when from my experience it most certainly is not. As a mother of a 2 year old daughter myself I find it disgusting what these children have to go through before they are removed from awful living situations. You truly are a godsend.
Elaine, Newcastle, UK, 18/05/2009
Hello Cathy, I am a huge huge fan of yours I am only 19 and never was really one for reading until the day I bought your 1st book Damaged!!! I loved it I was totally engrossed in it and had read it within 3 days, now I always look for when your next book is out. I have just started The Saddest Girl in the World and can not put it down. You are such a talented and remarkable woman and I would love to someday be a foster carer like you are. I just wanted to write to you to say how much I love your book and can not wait for the next one. Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Beatrice, 19, 17/05/2009
HI Cathy, I have read all your books, I’m reading you newest book The Saddest Girl In The World. I wanted to say your books are amazing and very inspiring all of them have made me cry. I relate to the little girl in your book Cut as I too have been through experiences like hers and brings me to much hope that things can get better. I have read Damaged twice and I have been lending them to friends I believe everyone should read them. You’re a big inspiration to me Cathy and by far my favourite author, your books have touched me, the help and love you gave them is truly amazing. I do hope there will be more books soon. All the best Cathy.
Hi Cathy, I just finished reading Damaged and it made me sad for weeks. I think what you’re doing is amazing and I hope you continue doing good work for all these haunted children. Thank you for sharing Jodie’s story it really touched me.
Stacie, Australia, 15/05/2009
Hi Cathy, I recently emailed you on Facebook, and commented on CUT. I mentioned how rude the social worker was and I could have got into the book and shouted at her myself for her being so damn rude. But what a story, my god you must be an angel for the work you do. I have now just finished Hidden, about little Tayo, and I agree with what you said about what a lovely Lad and a fantastic social worker he had. We are so lucky in this world if we have loving, caring people like you with us. I am now reading Damaged and I’m on chap 16 so far. How you have coped so far is amazing and as for that social worker well I will say no more yet. Hope you and your family are well. I look forward to more books from you, keep up the good work Cathy your a STAR.
Lee D, Wales, 15/05/2009
Hi Cathy, I have just finished reading ‘Hidden’ and found the story incredible. I was fostered from the age of 18 months and I was extremely lucky to have wonderful foster parents. It was my mother who ruined my life and I’m still, at the age of almost 57 coming to terms with it all. Fortunately I now have a wonderful family and grandchildren and of course a wonderful husband who finds it difficult to understand how a mother can do what my mother and so many other mothers and fathers do to their children. It is difficult to explain why some parents behave the way they do and I guess only they will know. Thank God for people like you and my foster family who are still my close family. All the children that you and they have helped are indeed lucky children. I am now going to get your other books to read. Kindest regards
Hello Cathy, I have now read ‘Cut’ and your new book ‘The Saddest Girl in the World’ and thought they were both amazing. I am so glad that Donna has done something good in her life and has got out of bad habits. This book made me really emotional towards the end because I felt happy for her. I also laughed as well. Can’t wait for your next books! Keep writing.
Dear Cathy, I have written an email to you before regarding your first 3 books. I bought The Saddest Girl In The World over the weekend and have been reading it on my way in and out of work. I have worked with children for the past five years but this book has really touched me! It’s like I can feel her pain I had to stop reading it on the bus as I was going to cry. The way Donna said your name Cath-ie really touched me and felt the emotion you must have felt. I normally finish your books within 3 days but this is taking me longer! You’re a true inspiration and I have spoken to my husband about fostering after I have had my children. Thank you for these fantastic books and I look forward to the rest of them.
Asiya D, 13/05/2009
Hello Cathy, I am in the field of social work, working for a parenting program to help teach parents more effective parenting skills and techniques. Although I am not a ‘social worker’ I do much of the same and spend lots of time in the homes. It was amazing reading your book ‘Damaged.’ I often see social workers being a bit out of the loop for many reasons they themselves choose. This book really opened my eyes to those children out there who need someone to advocate for them and to be their voice. You are truly amazing!!!!
Katie, London, UK, 12/05/2009
Hi Cathy I emailed you on the 7th to tell you I was nearly at the end of Hidden, that night when got home I read the final 10 chapters. I was like a child at Christmas at the end and it broke my heart as well. I have tried to read other books since but so far had no luck. I read the first few lines and get bored. Your books grip me from the start. Thank you for continuing to bring to light what happens behind doors and how you help to put their lives back together and make them feel safe finally wanted.
Dear Cathy, I have read two of your books – Damaged, which touched me so deeply, and Cut. How do these things actually happen to children? It blows my mind that parents, family, friends, loved ones, people that a child looks up to, people in authority, actually abuse and hurt the innocent. It is heartbreaking, the sadness that I felt for these two innocent children, why is there such evil in the world? Your love and care for these children is admirable, you and your family have given so much of yourselves to nurture and care for the children that you have fostered over the years, which makes me believe in society and the kind hearted out there. My sister in law is a social worker here in South Africa, she has worked with the mentally ill, street children, HIV Aids, Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Prostitution, to mention but a few of the different fields she has been in. The effect it has had on her has been immense, the stories she tells are very sad and heart wrenching. The effect that being a foster mom and carer for these children that you have taken in must be very rewarding as well as disturbing at times. Your stories of these children are sad and told with such understanding that sometimes it is actually unbelievable that these things can actually happen!!! Thank you for sharing your stories, and know that I pass all your books on to my friends, so that they can also be aware of the abuse that happens in our very sick society.
Laetitia M, S Africa, 11/05/2009
I’m only 15 years old, I think all kids my age should be reading true stories like this because it really shows what goes on behind closed doors and in other peoples houses. It really does make you sick what some people do to their kids. I have read all of them. You’re great I can’t wait for the next book
Lachie, 15, 10/05/2009
Dear Cathy, I bought Damaged yesterday and I’ve finished reading it today. It’s the first book I’ve read cover to cover since I had my baby who is 1.5 years old now. Thanks for sharing. It was heart wrenching to learn the trauma Jodie had to grow up with and I can feel the anger towards to the irresponsible social worker and of course towards those who had harmed Jodie. It also gives me insight into the bureaucracy of the social workers and its associated organizations. Reading your book also gave me inspiration to be a foster carer, but I’m not sure if I have the strength, patience and tolerance, as you have shown towards Jodie. I look forward to read your other titles.
Hello Cathy, just a quick email as you probably get quite a few. I have just finished reading ‘Damaged’. I started it at 9am this morning and have just finished it now, it’s the only book I have ever read without a break. I couldn’t put it down. I know now that that book has changed my life and I would just like to thank you for that. It is the only book I have ever cried reading (uncontrollably actually…) Thank you,
Hi Cathy, I suppose you hear all the time what an inspiration you are and feel very humbled by this. But I have 2 tell you that you are a marvellous woman. If only all foster carers and parents had the patience and love you have in your heart. I came through ‘the system’ and was let down on many an occasion, eventually at 15 I was placed with a wonderful family that your family remind me so much of. If it hadn’t been for this family I would have fallen through the net because I was seen by social workers as a problem. If it wasn’t for people like you and my carer then so many children would fall through, so I thank god for you Cathy and praise you for speaking out. Although at times it can be tough, you never give up on the child and look past the behaviour. Thanks to the encouragement of my former carer (Mam) I am doing a child psychology diploma and hopefully will be able to start helping soon. Keep up the good work as there are not enough people like you in the world. Much love and god bless xxxx
Angela, 26, Scotland, 08/05/2009
I am a big fan of yours. Your work in brilliant and you are an outstanding person. I was a foster child for 12 years and never been quite so lucky with good foster parents. It so good that there are people out there like you that have a heart of gold and that there are so many children that are so lucky to have an outstanding woman like you. You should be very proud
Georgia B, 08/05/2009
Dear Cathy, I have just read your latest book, I wanted to read it quicker but don’t have as much time as I used to since having a new addition to the family recently. The book was great, it’s written so well that I just never want to put it down. Once again I have so much admiration for what you do and the positive influence you have on many young people’s lives, along with all the people who read your books. You are a wonderful person and so very strong to deal with what you do on a daily basis. Can’t wait for the next book. Love
Hi Cathy, I’m nearly at the end of your book Hidden. I don’t often read books, as I have 3 young children but I have never been so hooked on a book as I have with yours. I read it first thing in the morning and any other chance I get, you are a rare gem, and just wanted to tell you.
Hi Cathy, Have just bought your new book The Saddest Girl in the World can’t wait to read it. I have read your other books Damaged, Cut and Hidden and have thoroughly enjoyed them. I was wondering if there would be any more books out this year I find your books very good and well put. Thank you for writing of your experiences.
Marayna, West Bromwich, UK, 06/05/2009
CG: Dear Marayna, I hope you enjoy The Saddest Girl in The World. Yes, there will be more books coming. Next year, Happy Kids – a guide to raising children, and also a novel based on a true story. The following year there will be two more fostering stories. Thanks very much for your interest. Cathy x
Hi Cathy. Just wanted to say again what an inspiration you are to me. It usually takes me about 2 weeks to read a book as long as Cut however it only took me 2 days, I could not put it down. I have just ordered The Saddest Girl, can’t wait till 6th of May when it comes.
Lisa P, 02/05/2009
Dear Cathy, I wrote a while ago saying that I’ve read Damaged, and thought it was amazing. I’ve currently just finished reading Hidden, and it has moved me so much. The ending was amazing and made me cry!!! I’m hoping to read the other two books you have published soon, and will give my feedback! Lots of love,
Kelly, Newcastle, UK. 02/05/2009
Hi Cathy! You are so great! I have just read Hidden. It’s so touching. I know that there are still many kids out there just like those that you took care of. I hope that there could be even more carers like you that can protect and take care of those that are still ‘ hidden ‘. I will look forward to read more of your stories, and I will be borrowing ‘ Damaged ‘ and others soon. Thanks for all the books and take care. Best wishes,
Aprilette, 17, 02/05/2009
Hi Cathy, I finished Cut 2 weeks ago. I’m so glad that Dawn made such good progress in the end. It’s just a shame that she wasn’t able to tell her mom anything when she came back from Ireland as her life would have probably been much better than it was. It was wonderful to hear that she finally got her relationship with her mom back on track. It’s amazing to think how some Social workers can be so negligent. I know it was some years ago and things were much different but feelings don’t change and you either give a damn or you don’t. Unfortunately it seems that some social workers don’t care as much as they should, despite the fact that they know before they get the job what it involves. I’m going to read The Saddest Girl in The World next. Warmest wishes
Abbigail, UK, 01/05/2009
Dear Cathy Glass , I am writing to you because you inspire me as an author, the way you write your books touches me and it touches me the way you help such deprived children, you really turn their lives around! When I get older I would like to help children the way you help them. I have read all the books you have published and you are by far my favourite author. My favourite book is Damaged, this young child really had, had a poor upbringing but you truly did turn her life around, and I also think that your own children are very supportive. I was on holiday while reading this book and it really made me stop and think of other children in this world. I am 14 and I have had an excellent upbringing and thinking of the children you foster makes me guilty, teenagers my age take so much for granted! I have recommended your books to my friends and as they sit in English and read them all of them shed a tear. We would be delighted to receive a reply and even a visit if this would be possible. Many thanks.
Jordan, 14, Worle Community School, Somerset, UK, 01/05/2009
Hi Cathy, I’ve just started reading your book ‘The Saddest Girl In The World’. I cannot begin to explain how much it has touched me. I think you are such a good person how you take care of these poor children. I don’t know how anyone can treat their children like that. I’ve got a 4 month old daughter and would never dream of hurting her. I’ve got a great deal of respect for you! You’re a brilliant mum and carer. It makes me want to adopt children who have had horrible childhoods so I can make them happy and take care of them like their parents haven’t. I really respect you.
Aly W, UK, 01/05/2009
Dear Cathy, I really enjoyed your latest book. It lifts my spirits more to read about a child coming out of distress, than I am troubled by hearing about the distress – not to belittle it at all though. I think that ‘they’ were taking a risk to move a fragile child who was so recently settled with you, for whatever reason. But I am glad it turned out OK in the end. In my work I have just settled a violent boy with Severe Attachment Disorder. We are the first place that he has felt safe, apart from with his adoptive mum, in all his 12 years. He has rarely been in school. His is a good story – I wish that I could write like you! It has taken a year to build his trust in us. CSF want to move him as we are only a centre, not a school. CAMHs and CSF want him to go to play therapy which would have been fine when he was under 10, but now we are running out of time. Still it is lovely spring weather and the kids on the whole are happy and relaxed. We have a coots nest on the pond, new chickens, tadpoles etc Enjoy your spring and your ‘family’.
Felicity, NatureKids, UK, 30/04/2009
Dear Cathy, I have just finished reading the book called “The saddest girl in the world”. You are a wonderful person who can help children like Donna and others from your books. You will be truly blessed by everyone. You are a very true and honest person, things will be better in the future for you and your children, hopefully foster children as well. I will be looking forward to read your next new book. I would love to be like you, helping foster children who need our support and showing them that we care, but at the moment I am doing a childcare course. Thank you. Take Care, and God bless you all.
Candy L, 15, 30/04/2009
Hi Cathy, I have read three of your books over the past month. You are an amazing lady. Your books are an inspiration, full of love for all the children you have looked after. You give us hope for the future, with people like you things can only get better for all the children you have looked after. Cathy God will love you forever for the work you have done with his children. I wish you all the best for the future and will be looking out for more of your books. Kind Regards
Hi Cathy. I just wanted to say what an absolutely fantastic book Hidden is. I had a lump in my throat a few times, especially when Tayo was saying his goodbyes. Damaged also made me want to cry. Poor little girl, my heart truly went out to her. I completely admire what you do and have the upmost respect for you, Paula, Lucy and Adrian for all you’ve had to deal with. What a wonderful family you have to be able to cope with the things some of the children have endured, and still remain such a strong family unit throughout. I look forward to you next read! Sincerely,
Anna R, 23, Kent, UK, 30/04/2009
Dear Cathy, I just finished ‘CUT’ last night. Thank you for sharing Dawn’s story, you write so wonderfully. I loved chapter ‘Christmas Comes Early’ (how special you are to do that for Dawn). I cried a lot in chapters ‘The Last Smile’ and ‘Proved Right’ – they were very moving. I am so glad that Dawn phoned you and let you know how she had turned her life around…how brave is she! It must be very hard for you when your Foster children, who have meant so much to you, leave and you never hear from them or how they are going. I really think that Dawn will visit you one day to show you her own child if and when she has one. What happened to Dawn was so cruel and I’m angry that the boys were never punished. I was also angry with Ruth and how she treated you, you absolutely had a right to know of Dawns past…and SHOULD have known! Her troubles were very relevant and may have caused you and your family much grief! If you take on the huge responsibility of caring for a troubled child, you MUST know what the troubles are in able to try and help them, keep everyone safe and build a bond based on the truth. Ruth had no right to keep all of that from you and put your family at such risk. I hope you feel so wonderful for the huge differences you must make in so many children’s lives. You are a truly special person Cathy who must have endless amounts of Love to give. Not many people would be able to do what you do OR as well as you do it! I am waiting ‘The Saddest Girl In The World’ to come in. Hope all is going well with you and the wee toddler and that he or she can go back to their mummy soon. Bye for now Cathy and take the time to care for your beautiful self.
Linda-Jane, Australia, 29/04/2009
Hi. You probably receive emails like mine everyday but I just wanted to say that I think you are an amazing woman, I don’t think I could do the job you do. I also think that your 3 children are truly wonderful also. I have read all 4 of you books and cried each time as I have two children and can’t understand how parents/ grandparents etc can act the way they do. The book that prompted me to write this was The Saddest Girl in the World, I really felt for Donna and I just wanted to send my best wishes to such a truly inspiring young woman. Anyway I wish you and your family all the best for the future.
Dear Cathy, I felt compelled to write to you, after reading your books. You are a truly amazing person. I get a theme running through your books about the lack of support you received as a foster carer when you first started out; I hope this still isn’t the case. I am currently in my final year of a social work degree and when reading your books feel immensely angry at the brick walls you have had to climb over, go round and bulldoze through. Cathy, for every parent that harms their child, I sincerely hope there are as many people as capable as you to pick up those pieces.
I have just recently bought and read your book ‘Cut’. I’m only thirteen and it was terrible to hear that someone my age could be going through the same things that Dawn was. Cut really stood out to me from the other books I’ve read with a similar story line. I cried many times and just wanted to let you know that your book means so much to me. I’ve not been able to get enough money from my job to buy your other books but I’m saving up, and when I have enough I’m sure that I’ll enjoy them just as much. To me your a saint and deserve to have your own day named after you, your a true idol.
Beth, 13, Halifax, UK, 27/04/2009
CG: Hi Beth, thanks, I am so pleased you enjoyed Cut, sad though it was. If you would like to read my other books, you could always borrow them from the library. Best wishes Cathy x
Hi Cathy, I started your new book yesterday evening and finished today…as with your other books, it was very hard to put down! It was another astonishing story, heart wrenching and touching! I actually cried when you described how after the incident where Donna had hit Paula (the second time) and then tried to apologise, fearing that she wouldn’t be loved, little Paula hugged her and told her she still loved her…it was just extremely touching to see how forgiving and loving Paula as a little 6 year old could be. It’s a pity all humanity didn’t hold the same morals. I am sure Donna (fiction name of course) is very touched by your account of her time with you and all you say about her, I think your love, warmth and commitment for Donna and to all your fostered children really pours out through your writing. In fact with all your books I have felt like I am going through the journey with you and almost feel the loss when a child has to leave your care, even though we know it’s for a good reason. With every book my admiration for you grows and also that of your own children -Adrian and Paula and of course Lucy. I suffer with depression and Borderline personality disorder and the past few years have been really hard on me- in fact the title of your book ‘The Saddest Girl in the World’ I feel applies to me at times. When I read a book like yours it reminds me how there are good people in the world and that even with the darkest of situations there is light. I hope you are keeping well and your family also, including any children you are fostering at present. Thanks for another great book,
Aveen G, 22, N.Ireland, 26/04/2009
Hi Cathy, I read your first book Damaged last year and couldn’t put it down. I have just finished Hidden and was so pleased to read the ever so happy ending. After all the publicity on the neglect that some children suffer it is apparent how important people like you are in our society. I have just ordered your book ‘Cut’ and intend to read the latest book as soon as I have finished that. I myself have come from a semi abusive childhood and my heart goes out to these children and you as I realise how difficult it can be sometimes just to talk to people outside the family unit. You are an inspiration to us all Cathy and as a Mum myself recognise just how important your work is.
Tracie, Chester, UK, 25/04/2009
Hi Cathy, I went on holiday to Menorca last year and I met someone who had Damaged, and I borrowed it. For the 3 days it took me to read it I didn’t touch the pool once and walked around the hotel with it in my hand tripping up one of the cleaners, and forgetting to put sun cream on so getting burned. Everybody complained, but I was truly addicted to your book. When I finished it I thought about how I treat my mum sometimes, and how it must feel for you to have a challenge, but then you feel so good once you’ve helped them. But if I had a 15 year old daughter like me I would have murdered her by now. I’ve now read all of your books and I’m hoping you bring more out as they are truly gripping. I help my auntie out with her ADHD child, and I thought that was hard.
Rachel, 15, 23/04/2009
Dear Cathy, I read Damaged in less than seven hours, I just cannot believe I did that! It was absolutely such a compelling read. I cannot understand how a person can treat their child in this way, I cannot understand how anyone can treat another child in this way, but to do these things to your own and let others join in, it is barbaric! These people need to be sent to an island where they cannot get off, and all the perverts etc. should also be sent there so that they can all live with one and other, that way the only person they will harm are themselves. People like you ought to get medals for what you do to help these poor unfortunately children, lets hope you get your reward in heaven! I have never understood self harming, I have someone close to me who is doing just that and I wish I could help to get them to stop, although I believe it is something deep rooted which is the problem. Just like Jodie, I hope one day it can be released and then peace can return. Keep up the good work, unfortunately due to animals like these parents we need people like you! I shall now be looking for all your books. Kind regards
Well, I have just finished reading ‘Hidden’ and thoroughly enjoyed it…what a fantastic outcome aye….that must make you feel just so wonderful when prayers are answered and dreams come true. I wept with happiness, I felt like I was right there with you. The tears just flowed but they were happy tears (which I haven’t cried for a while with Dad dying so recently). You are a wonderful writer Cathy and I’m sure an even more wonderful carer. The children that come to you are so lucky to get you. We seem to hear only of bad foster carers who are cruel and abuse the poor children, but we rarely hear of all the wonderful, kind, giving, selfless treasures like yourself. Thank you for opening our eyes to the other side of fostering. I ordered Cut and I pick it up tomorrow and I can’t wait! I also ordered The Saddest Girl In The World. Thank you for your time as I know how precious it is. Take care of your ‘special’ self, and I’ll let you know what I thought of Cut once I’ve read it….can’t wait.
Linda-Jane, Australia, 21/04/2009
Hi Cathy, I live in Sweden. I got your book “Damaged” yesterday and read it the same day. I stayed up until 1am because I couldn’t put it down, and cried myself to sleep. I could hardly get up this morning to go to school. I’m studying to become a psychologist, this is my 3rd year. I decided this when I was 14 since I have had serious psychological problems since I was 12. For 8 years I struggled with depression, self-harm and suicide attempts. Nobody heard my cries of help and I didn’t get any real help until I was 18 and searched help on my own. I was then diagnosed with borderline PD and bipolar type 2, was hospitalized several times and am now on heavy medication. I just got better 4 months ago and it’s been wonderful since then. Nobody really knows what happened but it seems like my motivation, my boyfriend, our beautiful 3-year-old son and my career turned my life around. Right before turning 18 my son and I moved in with my parents-in-law because the situation at home was unbearable and it helped me so much. In a way I learned how a more “normal” family functioned, I learned new behaviours and learned to understand other people and situations a lot better. All of this has made me want to make a change. I want to spend the rest of my life helping people who have had problems, just like me, and that’s why I decided to become a psychologist. I used to volunteer at a crisis hotline and the feeling of actually being able to help someone was so special. My boyfriend and I have also talked about becoming a “support family” (as they call it here in Sweden) somewhere in the near future, which means we would take care of a child every weekend or a few weekends a month. If that goes well I am hoping to become a foster family once we have jobs, a bigger apartment, etc. Reading your book truly inspired me. When I look at my son I see a happy little boy who has so many people around him who love him, care for him and who would risk their lives for him. It hurts me so much to think about all the children, and the adults too, that have so many problems and that might just feel a little better if someone reached out for them. I am definitely getting your other books as soon as possible. It’s a long time since I read a book that touched me as much as Damaged. I wanted to say thank you on behalf of all the children you have helped and on behalf of those of us who work with troubled children and children of troubled parents. Professional help is obviously the basis of their treatment, but if it weren’t for all the families who take them in and give them a new life, they wouldn’t have the same chance of getting their lives back, however normal they might be. That’s why I also want to follow your footsteps. Hearing stories from foster parents is a real inspiration and it just makes me realize that it’s well worth all the pain. I wish more people were like you. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. Best wishes,
Daphne D, 21, Sweden, 21/04/2009
Dear Cathy, I just wanted to say how much I admire and respect you. I have always wanted to be a foster parent and after reading your books it makes my mind certain. My husband wants to wait for us to have our own children first and then says he will support my decision to be a foster parent. I feel I’m destined to foster and can imagine the pleasure it must bring when you have helped a child and made their life better. I understand it’s also going to be very challenging and that’s why I take my hat off to you. You are a very special person and it’s a shame there are not more people like you in this world. Keep up the excellent work, and don’t let the bed bugs bite….
Hayley B, Kent, UK, 21/04/2009
Hello Cathy, I think that you are an amazing lady, how do you do it? I have just read your book Hidden and I think that it is truly an amazing book. My heart goes out to the little boy Tayo, I also think that your family are just as amazing because they go through it all with you and welcome children in to their house just like you do. I am only14 myself and I have been in care and I think Tayo is very brave.
Siobhan E, 14, 21/04/2009
Cathy, Once again I thoroughly enjoyed reading your latest book. It was such a page turner, and I did not want it to end. I am already awaiting your next book release. It was very difficult not to cry at the end, I had to try really hard as I was on a train! You should take most of the credit for turning Donna’s life around, and I am so pleased that there are foster carers like you, who never give up caring, as Donna had been treated so dreadfully. It is very heart warming that she is doing so well now. Your own children are displaying a lot of empathy for the children you foster, even when they were very young, which is really nice to see. They are very lucky indeed, and so are in fact all the 50 children you have fostered. Please hurry to write more books. I love the style you write in, and that the text is quite large, and easy to read. I never normally buy hardback, but I simply cannot wait for your books to get published in paperback, and I always pre-order to ensure that I get the latest book as soon as possible!! Keep up your excellent work, and please never stop writing. Best Wishes,
Hello Cathy, I’ve just finished reading your book “The saddest girl in the world”. I have read all of your other books and I have to say you are truly an amazing, wonderful lady. All the children you foster are very lucky. Even more so your own children must be very proud. I am 17 and I am taking a childcare course at college then going onto another course to go into social care with children. Two years ago my family had to go to court for my stepbrother who was being highly abused by his mother. Fortunately he came to live with us afterwards. Your books always make me cry, smile and give me hope that with people like you in the world it can be a better place. Thank you so much for your wonderful books for us all to read. Kind Regards and Best wishes for the future.
Lili, 17, 20/04/2009
Hi Cathy, I read your book Damaged and it broke my heart, although I couldn’t put it down. You are truly amazing, especially your parenting. Wow, I hope that when I have kids I too can be like that. After reading Damaged I had to get another of your books. You have written them so well and they just seem to flow, it was as if you were telling the story face to face. I have just finished Hidden and oh my Goodness, WOW! I was in tears at the end. I definitely didn’t expect that! You really do a wonderful job and I take my hat off to you. I bet it can be very challenging at times, yet will always be rewarding. I am now on the hunt for “Cut” and “The Saddest Girl in The World.” Thank you for sharing your life with us, and I wish you and your family all the very best life has to offer. Kind Regards
Danielle D, Australia, 19/04/2009
Hi Cathy, hope you are well, I have just finished reading your latest book, The Saddest Girl In The World. I really enjoyed it, as I have your other books. I look forward to your books being released. I haven’t got to wait too long! Kind regards
Keeley, UK, 18/04/2009
Hi Cathy just to let you know I bought your latest book. I had tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat exactly the same as you. How any mother can be so vile to her child is beyond me. Donna had more love and attention in the fifteen months she was with you than the whole ten years of her life. I’m glad she’s getting on with life and has chosen to be a nurse and met a nice man. All these children are better off because of your love and understanding, also your children play a big part in their lives too. God bless you Cathy and I look forward to your next book. Love
Christine, UK, 17/04/2009