Annie Price: “I feel lucky to have been adopted, now I want to help children who have been neglected”

Tuesday 03 August 2021
Annie Price

We caught up with fitness trainer Annie Price to learn about her adoption story and how it led her to support Action for Children

Can you tell us about your story of being adopted?

“I was born into a Traveller family. My birth mother was white, but when I was born, I came out black. Her husband was white, so it put her into a difficult situation. Then, when I was four weeks old, I was burned in a fire. The authorities believed that my mother had done it on purpose.

"I spent the first six months of my life in hospital. I had lots of operations and was on so many different medications. I feel very lucky that I was fostered and then, six years later, adopted by my wonderful family. It took them six years to go through the process of adopting me because they were white. Back then it was much harder to adopt a child from a different race but my mum fought it.

"I still encountered all the typical things any foster kid would but, overall, I had a relatively normal upbringing. I had my siblings who were both annoying and amazing at the same time. And the rest of my family who were loving and supportive.

"By no means were we immune to difficulties, especially with our unique situation. But I was just grateful I was in a good family. What started out as a bad situation didn’t get worse.”

"...I was just grateful I was in a good family. What started out as a bad situation didn’t get worse"

What did your family do that made you feel safe and happy growing up?

Annie Price solo

“It’s essential for every child to have at least one person who’s there just for them. Someone to listen to them, love them and acknowledge how they feel.

"I had a lot of questions growing up. I was a bit of an angry child too. But my mum gave me the space to work through my emotions. Even when she didn’t have the answers, she was there to listen to me, which was enough.

"My family also made a big effort to make my difference normal. Yes, I was black, burned and adopted, but I didn’t think I was widely different from my siblings. I believed that everyone had their own thing that made them different.”

How do you think your experiences growing up have shaped your values today?

“It led me to place a lot of value in honesty, truth and transparency.

"My whole life could have been a lot different if my mum had tried to shield me from the truth. If my mum hadn’t answered my questions when I was young, and told me everything at once, I think I would have found it very upsetting. I’m glad she didn't hide it from me.

"Now, I feel the same way with my kids. If my son, Sonny, asks what happened to me, I’ll tell him – in an age-appropriate way of course. I let him know because, unfortunately, some scary, horrible things happen in life. This is what happened to me, and it’s not very nice – but it’s rare. Not all families will go through this, but some will.”

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Why is it important for you to support Action for Children?

“I chose to raise money for Action for Children because you’re supporting children who, like me, haven’t had the best start in life. I can relate to the darker side of things some young people go through.

"It hurts me to see that some children aren’t very well looked after. I want to help them, so I’m glad charities like Action for Children exist.”

"It hurts me to see that some children aren’t very well looked after. I want to help them, so I’m glad charities like Action for Children exist”

Annie Price

What would you say to people thinking about adopting?

Annie Price and mum

“You might think ‘I can’t adopt’ because you don’t have a good enough family, you don’t have enough money, a house, or that you’re single, too old or from a different background. But none of that matters. The most important thing you need to remember is that if you’ve got love to give, you can do it.

"Lean into it and talk to someone for some advice and to answer the questions you have.”

What are you most looking forward to as part of your fitness challenge?

“I’m looking forward to the community aspect of it. I’m excited to see everyone come together, have fun and learn more about fitness, food and mood. I want to help everyone understand what's best for them.”

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