Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Dad Has Proud Future Hope For

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Dad Has Proud Future Hope For

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"PEOPLE always assume Lily Rose wasn't planned and they're often shocked to find out she was," explains Michael Clark, 20.

Michael, of Walker, Newcastle, became a dad last year when he was just 19.

He says: "I've always been around children, I'm one of eight, so it wasn't too hard to get used to being a dad.

"I love it and I do everything I can to make sure I'm a good parent."

Lily Rose was born on September 9 last year. Michael says he was at a low point when he got in touch with Barnardo's Teenage Pregnancy Team.

"I didn't really know where I was going or what I was going to do with my life."

Now Michael is going to college and hopes eventually to do a degree in social work and to become a social worker.

He says: "Barnardo's has really helped me with everything. It's helped me get support and with my education. …

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