Norwich City are delighted to welcome Zina and Tiegan Wilkinson as our community heroes for Friday’s game against Leicester City.
Zina and Tiegan Wilkinson have a mother-daughter bond like no other and have been through challenges in life which nobody should have to experience. Together they have turned their lives around and are truly inspirational.
Zina and Tiegan were supported by Leeway Domestic Violence and Abuse Services, a charity providing support to men, women and children in Norfolk and Suffolk who are suffering from domestic abuse. Zina says that Leeway supported her to make the decision to move to Wales and start a new life. After being in an abusive relationship for six years and almost being left for dead, they have done nothing but defy all expectations.
"I found myself in a refuge in Wales and after living with women who had experienced situations similar to my own, I realised that enough was enough," she said.
“I didn’t want to be a victim, I wanted to make the absolute most of my life. I had almost died and nothing in my life would ever be as bad as that. I believe that you can do anything you put your mind to and the only person stopping you, is you!”
Zina has now gone on to join the military, following her dad, grandad, middle brother and eldest brother who sadly passed away from a motorbike accident when she was 21. Last year, Zina trained to be an army cadet instructor, allowing her to realise exactly what she was capable of, what she wanted to do in life and allowed Zina to finally believe in herself. Zina now works as a close protective operative and spends her time in between London and Norfolk.
Zina’s daughter Tiegan is now 18 years old. Leeway has helped her to have the foundations to start on which without she believes she wouldn’t know where she would be today. She has definitely made an incredible new start in her life and this September is going to university to study biology and chemistry, as well as being the lead editor of her school’s science magazine - continuing to inspire people to be positive every single day.
Please give a big Carrow Road welcome this evening to Zina and Tiegan as they bring out the match ball ahead of our game against Leicester City.
Leeway Domestic Violence and Abuse Services offer free, confidential and non-judgemental advice. For more information about their services, visit www.leewaysupport.org or contact the helpline on 0300 561 0077 if you are in urgent need.