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Coming to National Star has transformed Kyle’s life. Please help other young people like Kyle by making a donation to our Christmas Appeal today.

9 September 1998 is a day I will never forget. I got a phone call, the sort of call you never want to receive. My wife Paula and Kyle, our three-year-old, had been in a car accident.

At the hospital I was told that my wife was dead in one room and my son was fighting for his life in another. Kyle had suffered serious physical injuries and a severe brain injury. He was on life support for nine days. I couldn’t hold him during that time.

The doctors told me that Kyle would never be able to do anything again, but I kept communicating with him. I never gave up. Several weeks after his accident, Kyle smiled at me. It was an incredible moment. Later that week he was having physiotherapy. He progressed to making noises, then saying single words. After six months Kyle came home.

At 19 Kyle visited National Star. When one of the physiotherapists asked him what he wanted to do in the future, he said, ‘I’d like to walk a little bit because I am always in my wheelchair.’ We left Kyle with her for half an hour. When we returned he was walking with a walking frame. I burst into tears. It had been three years since he had been up on his feet. We knew then that National Star was the right place for him.

Kyle is now a residential learner at National Star, and he’s learning to live independently. As part of his Skills for Work programme he serves customers in StarBistro at Ullenwood. Before, Kyle would find it stressful talking to people, but he loves chatting away now. National Star has helped him to become an independent and confident young man.

Coming to National Star has transformed Kyle’s life. Please help other young people like Kyle by making a donation today.

Andy Thornton

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