A VICTIM of historical child abuse met with an MP to finally tell the story of how she was beaten and starved while living at a children's home.

The investigation into the abuse at the home may also have links to Jimmy Savile after ­documents revealed he visited the home before it closed in 1974.

Priscilla Welch, 68 met with Nigel Huddleston at The House of Commons on Tuesday, October 23. She is part of the Beecholme Survivors group, a group of former residents of the Beecholme Children’s Home in Banstead, Surrey, who have alleged they were sexually abused, tortured, starved and beaten at the home between 1957 and 1974. A police inquest is ongoing.

Mrs Welch, who now lives in Evesham, was at the home from the age of six. Mrs Welch said: “They made you go hungry, a school friend of mine says to me ‘you were always hungry.’"

“My best Christmas present was a hot water bottle. We were always freezing” she said.

Mrs Welch says she has suffered with depression since she was 10. "It has really affected me" said Mrs Welch, “I still don’t read books, because if you sat down and read it was always ‘what are you doing’ then you’d get a slap.

"It leaves you with a lot of things. I’m damaged.” She said.

Mrs Welch, says the children were unable to speak out about the abuse.

“We used to have a social worker who would take us into a room and say ‘how is everything’ and if you said ‘she keeps hitting us’ then she would bring it up with the house mothers and that was you then, as soon as you went out you would get a slap.”

Mrs Welch was not sexually abused but says she knows people who were.

A group of the Beecholme Survivors demonstrated outside parliament before Mrs Welch was invited to speak with Mr Huddleston, who will soon take a detailed report of the victims statements to 10 Downing Street.

"He is such a nice man" said Mrs Welch, "He seems to be the only one who has done anything." Mrs Welch said members of the group from around the country have written to their MPs but Mr Huddleston is the only one who taken up their fight for justice.

"I can't believe I finally get to have a voice after all these years" said Mrs Welch.

“What annoys me is that these people have probably been seen as good people all these years. Why shouldn’t their families know that these are evil people.”