Educating Yorkshire Mushy star shares emotional birthday message

Educating Yorkshire star Mushy who moved viewers to tears as he conquered his stammer shares emotional message on his 27th birthday – 11 years after appearing on the programme

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Eleven years on from Educating Yorkshire, one of the stars of the show has celebrated ‘the power of teachers’ in a heartfelt social media post shared on his 27th birthday.  

Musharaf Asghar, who goes by Mushy, had an acute stammer when he appeared on the Channel 4 series aged 16. 

Viewers got behind Mushy as he worked to conquer his stammer with the support of English teacher Mr Matthew Burton.

Mr Burton urged the shy teenager to listen to music while reading. 

Invited to give a speech in a special assembly at the end of the school year Mushy excelled, moving some fans to tears. 

Musharaf Asghar, who goes by Mushy (pictured) moved many viewers to tears when he overcame his stammer while appearing on Educating Yorkshire 11 years ago

Now, with a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Huddersfield University, Mushy is a motivational speaker.

However, he has not forgotten his earlier struggle – nor the encouragement and help he received from his teacher. 

On Monday morning, Mushy marked his 27th birthday by sharing an emotional post on Twitter, where he has over 63,000 followers. 

He posted two images, one of his younger self, and another of him now as a professional speaker.

The caption said: ‘Today I turn 27 YEARS OLD. Which means 11 YEARS AGO I was on Educating Yorkshire. 

‘I am so fortunate to live life sharing the power of teachers. 

‘I am proud to be someone who stammers, something one teacher helped me to accept in the classroom. Thank you to everyone for the continuous support

‘#EducatingYorlshire #PowerOfTeaching #ThankYou’

Mushy (pictured) is now a motivational speaker with a degree in broadcast journalism from Huddersfield University

Before long, his fans had once again leapt to Mushy’s support, sharing emotional and encouraging messages, and celebrating his progress. 

Some kept their comments short and sweet, simply posting ‘Happy Birthday!’ or ‘Legend’.

However, many took the opportunity to share how Mushy’s story had affected them. 

Fans took to X (formerly Twitter) to wish Musharaf a happy birthday, as well as reminisce on his television appearance

One X user wrote: ‘No way 11 years!!!! One of my most favourite TV moments ever!!!! Happy birthday Mushy you’re a massive inspiration’

Another added: ‘I’ve shown this clip to countless students over the years. Tears every time. Usually mine.’

And a third commented: ‘Yours was one of the most inspiring, uplifting and utterly brilliant stories from that series – what a journey – Happy Birthday Mushy – may your brilliant work continue.’

A further social media user reminisced: ‘A totally amazing bit of television. Still gives me goosebumps when I think of it. Happy birthday.’

And another wrote: ‘Happy birthday, you’re an inspiration to so many people. Congratulations on all you have achieved and the wonderful teachers who gave you the confidence to get there.’

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