Caring for my sick mother on our social flat… and now I’ve won a scholarship to Eton

A BRILLIANT STUDENT caring for his disabled mother in her council flat has won a scholarship to Eton.

Ilyan Benamor, 15, will rub shoulders with the elite of the world’s most prestigious school that trained Prince William and Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Ilyan won the £80,000 scholarship after completing a grueling three-day assessment, which included three entrance exams and several intense interviews.1 credit
While his new classmates will have lived a life of luxury and privilege, Ilyan’s has been filled with heartbreak and struggle.1 credit

Ilyan won the £80,000 scholarship after completing a grueling three-day assessment, which included three entrance exams and several intense interviews.

But while his new classmates may have lived a life of luxury and privilege, Ilyan’s has been filled with pain and struggle.

Her mother, Lalia, 49, fled war-torn Algeria just before she was born, leaving behind her father, who was later left in a permanent vegetative state after a hit-and-run accident.

Lalia suffers from a debilitating condition called functional neurological disorder, which means she has difficulty moving around and is confined to a wheelchair.

Since the age of 11, Ilyan has been her sole caretaker in Newham, east London.

Now his uncle is coming to the UK to help out so he can attend Eton.

Ilyan said: “I am very excited about Eton.

“It is almost like a dream that I will go there. »

Ilyan is a graduate of the Community Schools Trust, which helps underprivileged students win places at top schools.

Boss Simon Elliott said: “Ilyan is exceptional not only in intellect but also in character. It really is a model. »

Ilyan is a graduate of the Community Schools Trust, which helps underprivileged students win places at top schools.
Ilyan is a graduate of the Community Schools Trust, which helps underprivileged students win places at top schools.1 credit
Ilyan's mother, Lalia, fled war-torn Algeria just before he was born, leaving behind his father, who was later left in a permanent vegetative state after a hit-and-run accident.
Ilyan’s mother, Lalia, fled war-torn Algeria just before he was born, leaving behind his father, who was later left in a permanent vegetative state after a hit-and-run accident.1 credit
Lalia suffers from a debilitating condition called functional neurological disorder, which means she has difficulty moving and has been confined to a wheelchair.
Lalia suffers from a debilitating condition called functional neurological disorder, which means she has difficulty moving and has been confined to a wheelchair.1 credit

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