A teenager has had the last laugh at her bullies after gaining support from two of TV’s biggest stars.
Amy Moloney, 14, from Leyland, founded the ‘Don’t Back Down to Bullying’ campaign following her own experiences.
Now the teenager, who attends St Mary’s Catholic Technology College, has met Sam and Billie Faiers from hit reality show, The Only Way is Essex.
The duo have given their backing to the schoolgirl on her anti-bullying crusade.
Amy, who was in the city to visit the pair’s pop-up shop, Minnies Boutique, at the Fishergate Centre, set up her campaign as a response to her own experiences with bullies as well as a tool to assist people who feel isolated or voiceless because of physical, verbal or cyber bullying.
Amy said: “When I was in year seven I got bullied, I hated the fact I was being so down.”
The teenager’s campaign initially started as a Twitter page but thanks to support from radio station Rock FM, the campaign is now spread across platforms including Facebook and YouTube and helps people from across the country tackle their bullying issues by answering questions and offering support.
She said meeting the famous duo was a huge highlight. She added: “It was really good, they said they were really proud and they would support it anyway they could.”
Amy said the taunts she faced from bullies related to a number of things with jibes about her height and weight making up some of the nasty remarks.
“It was a horrible feeling,” she said “I want to turn my negative into a positive for somebody else.”
Sam from the show, who has faced physical abuse from bullies last year along with her sister Billie, chatted to Amy about their own encounters with victimisation and said: “Amy has done so well setting up DBDTB and should be really proud of what she’s achieved.”
Despite the challenges facing Amy, the teen has used the social media and blogging sites to offer the victims of bullying the support they needed and has since created quite a celebrity fan-base, with many stars, from the X Factor and TOWIE, sending video messages to urge victims to speak out.
And she also hopes to launch a talent show to help boost the confidence of her peers, with the assistance of the music department at St. Mary’s in the New Year.
For more information on ‘Don’t Back Down to Bullying’, visit the campaign’s dedicated Twitter page @DBDTB or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DBDTB