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Day One helped me realise I wasn't alone.

Michal had no clothes, no money, and no one to help him.
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I’m proud to call Yorkshire my home. It wasn’t easy moving from Poland 16 years ago. Then, the only English I knew was from watching The Simpsons with subtitles. Now I run my own marketing business.

Lockdown had been difficult. I had to take on labour work. I didn’t mind the journey to Harrogate from Bradford.

Then my car broke down, so I had to cycle. In the rain. Typical.

That’s when I got hit by a van.

The pain was unreal. But I wasn’t worried about my injuries. The doctors and nurses were taking care of that.

I live by myself. I’m self-employed. If I don’t work, I don’t get paid. I had tears in my eyes. How was I going to pay my bills? I didn’t even have any clothes because they had been ripped off me.

Day One Trauma Support gave me hope. They gave me clothes so I could leave hospital with dignity. They listened. They helped me realise I didn’t have to do this by myself.

In the briefest of moments, my life was shattered and I needed help to piece it back together again.

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