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Windrush victim: My thanks to the beautiful people who supported me

08 June, 2018

Balvin Marshall: ‘All I had was faith and pride’

• I WOULD like to send a huge heartfelt thank-you to the Tribune and, more importantly, reporter Sam Booth for supporting me as a Windrush victim, (Windrush victim Balvin ‘happy’ as he is told: You can stay, May 25).

Without Sam’s dedication, expertise and drive to ensure justice reigns, I would still be living on the streets and sometimes in a rundown warehouse.

As a British citizen born in Jamaica, I came to my parents in the UK in 1972. Due to an immigration visit at work in 2011, I lost my job in Islington, my home and I had no recourse to public funds. The list, as you can imagine, is endless.

When I contacted the Tribune in April, the most important thing I had left – barely hanging onto – was my faith and pride. From that first phone call with Sam, after nearly eight years I could actually see light at the end of a very dark tunnel.

I also owe a big thank-you to Peter Gruner, who first publicised and supported my ordeal back in 2011. I also wish to thank MP David Lammy’s office for their recent support, and again Sam for liaising with them.

Lastly, thank you to all the beautiful people that have supported me during this terrible time and those I have never met.

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