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.
I didn’t want him to be scared and alone again.
Day One made sure Sophie had what she needed most. Her mum.
I feel so much lighter