A man who was homeless at the age of 13 has won a full scholarship for law school after his crowdfunding efforts to raise money for the course were spotted.

Renell Harding started raising for his Graduate Diploma in Law online after he was initially rejected for scholarships and hardships funds.

The 21-year-old from Colindale, North-West London, raised £11,175 in just 28 days to try and cover the tuition fees.

Though impressive, he fell short of the target by £7,000 and was ready to withdraw from the course.

But he received a phone call from the University of Law who had seen his CrowdFunder and wanted to offer him a full scholarship.

Now he's about to start his course.

Renell told My London: "A woman rang me and said members of the student finance team had come across his fundraising page and loved it – they were willing to offer me a scholarship.

"I was really happy because I gave it my all and I felt very grateful for it."

Renell, who was diagnosed with autism at a young age, says he had a difficult upbringing.

"I did not think any of this would happen when I was homeless," he said.

"During that time I realised I have to give my education my all if I wanted to make something of myself.

"I never thought I would be where I was today."


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