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Taylor Swift donates £23,000 to London student so she can afford UK university

An aspiring mathematician who could not afford to pay for university in the UK has been gifted £23,000 by an unlikely donor – Taylor Swift.

The US pop star made the contribution via a Go Fund Me page raising money for Vitoria Mario, which states that she may not be able to take up her place at the University of Warwick.

According to the fundraising page, Ms Mario moved to Britain from Portugal four years ago and is not eligible for maintenance loans or grant.

Ms Mario, who lives in Tottenham, north London, said her father has died and her mother lives in Portugal.

“Moving away from her was a challenge but it was a sacrifice worth being made in my family’s eyes,” she added.

She was awarded two A*s and an A in her A-levels.

Ms Mario said her family lacked the finances to support her and she needed help to pay for her accommodation, a laptop, textbooks and general living costs.

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