For Joshua Smith, 21, this year signals the tenth anniversary of escaping the clutches of his abusive father. 

No one could ever have imagined that vulnerable little boy could become the successful, content and confident man of today — something he attributes to the astounding kindness and empathy of his foster parents Jane, now 54, and Bill Aiton, 58, from Walsall, West Midlands. 

Here, in a deeply personal tribute, Joshua shares the most moving thank-you letter you will ever read…and the Aitons’ heartfelt response. 

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