A young dad who faced deportation has been told he can stay.
Barbados born Jamal Mascoll, 26, who has been living in England for over a decade and was a member of the Chalfont St Giles Youth Club, was granted permission to remain in the UK on November 14.
It means he will not have to leave behind his partner Zoe Moorecock and their two young children, one of whom was born in April.
He was sat with his son when he was first told the news over the phone: “I answered it, got the news and I grabbed him and just started crying.”
He added: “I’ve never been able to drive a car, I’ve never been able to take my partner out or the kids out with my own money.
“I’ve got a lot of work and catching up to do.”
But because of the nature of the adoption there was no paper trail to prove who he was.
He was forced to raise £1,000 for a passport and a copy of his birth certificate, and had to hire a lawyer to make sense of his past.
And then last year the Home Office told him he had to raise another £1,200 to apply for permanent residency.
But he found it a struggle as his immigration status and not having a National Insurance number left him only able to take low paid cash in hand jobs.
He said of the wait: “I was in a bad place, I didn’t want to be here anymore. I couldn’t be bothered.”
And added: “I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.”
His residency will come under review in three years time but he anticipates there will be minimal problems.
He has already landed himself a job at The Entertainer in Amersham, through an agency, and hopes to live with with his partner soon.
He added: “Thanks to everyone that helped raise the money for me to be able to be here, because without them I wouldn’t be able to.
“Thanks to everyone in Chalfont St Giles, and the youth centre and Sui Jefferson.”
Sui, of the youth club, said “I’m happy that he’s staying.
“I’m just really pleased for him and his family.
“Thanks to the clubs and the kids and the places that supported him.”