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The Street: Katie Thomas on Hawthorne St in Leicester
Number 72 - Katie Thomas
Katie lives at 72 Hawthorne St with her teenage children, Rheanne and Jordan

Mother of two, Katie Thomas who lives at number 72 Hawthorne Street in Leicester, is taking part in the project called The Street.

BBC Leicester's Tony Wadsworth launched the project after 'adopting' the street in Newfoundpool - the area where he grew up as a child.

The Street project takes a closer look at the lives behind closed doors and the community that is shared.

Katie has lived on Hawthorne Street for 17 years.

Living with autism

Katie shares the difficulties of raising her autistic son.

Jordan who is 13 years-old, has a form of autism and has ADHD .

He enjoys playing football and tennis.

Meet the mum of two

Katie, who is currently separated from her partner, lives with her two young children.

Rheanne is 16 years-old and has a keen interest in composing music. She can play the guitar, piano and the flute.

Katie had not planned to live on Hawthorne Street for very long but loved it so much she ended up staying. That was seventeen years ago.

The mother of two runs a support group in Hinckley for families of children with disabilities and also volunteers for a divorce recovery workshop.

Find out more about the residents of Hawthorne Street in Leicester on Tony Wadsworth's show on BBC Radio Leicester (104.9FM, Dab and Online) between 09:00-12:00, Monday to Friday.





THE STREET

Louise Thompson with baby Georgia. The Street's real-life stories
Residents from BBC Leicester's 'adopted' street, Hawthorne St, share their real-life stories
FEATURES & STORIES
Number 77 - Blondie Bert 'Blondie' Hookway
Seventy-four year-old Blondie lives at number 77 Hawthorne St
No. 3 - Sarah Bedford Sarah Bedford
Young mother, Sarah, lives at number 3 Hawthorne Street
Number 72 - Katie Thomas Katie Thomas
Mother of two, Katie, lives at number 72 Hawthorne St
WMC - Bill Wheelband Newfoundpool WMC
Hawthorne St residents socialise at the club run by Bill Wheelband
Dipak Patel owns the local convenience store close to Hawthorne Street Dipak Patel's (Dips) shop
Dips owns Hawthorne Street's local convenience store
Digger Dyer Digger & Company
Hawthorne Street's local barber shop is run by Digger Dyer
Julie and Jason Thompson Jason & Julie Thompson
Jason and Julie believe it was love at first sight
No. 40 - Michael Haywood Michael (Mike) Haywood
Mike lives at 40 Hawthorne Street - the 'House of Elvis'
No. 62 - Mark Gibson Mark Gibson
Mark has lived at 62 Hawthorne Street for eight years
Number 68 - Dorothy Merry Dorothy Merry
Twelve people have lived at 68 Hawthorne Street at one time
No. 75 - Lisa Peden, Mark & June Lisa Peden, Mark & June
Mark, Lisa and June live at 75 Hawthorne Street
Number 82 - Catherine Swaine & Gareth Hussy Gareth & Catherine
Gareth Hussy & Catherine Swaine live at 82 Hawthorne St
No. 84 - Marshmo Druski Marshmo (Martin) Druski
Martin, who lives at no.84, is a talented air brush artist
No. 86 - Louise and Georgia Thompson Paddy & Louise Thompson
The couple have lived at 86 Hawthorne Street for 15 years
No. 88 - Mr and Mrs Connelly Geoff & Carol Connolly
The Connellys have been living at 88 Hawthorne St for 44 years
Elaine Swann has lived on Hawthorne Street in Newfoundpool all her life Elaine Swann
Elaine has lived at 90 Hawthorne Street all her life
No. 99 - Christine Harman Christine, Marie & Olive
Christine & Marie Harman live at no.99 and Olive lives in the area
IN PICTURES
Street Party Celebrations Hawthorne's Street Party
Residents throw a party to bring the community spirit back
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