Sophie had been celebrating a friend’s birthday in Manchester. It had been like any other night. Laughing. Dancing. Catching up on gossip she’d missed since moving back home.
Sophie was staying at her friend’s fourth floor apartment and needed some fresh air. She opened the window. She slipped.
She fell 40ft onto the concrete pavement below.
Sophie lay in hospital. Bright lights. People she didn’t know telling her she had life-changing injuries. All she wanted was her mum.
And Rachel just wanted to be by her daughter’s side.
And that meant facing a daily six-hour return journey or a costly hotel. So, she slept at the hospital. Hard benches. A windowsill. Plastic chairs. Being moved on by security in the early hours of the morning.
A small grant from Day One Trauma Support meant Rachel had a bed for the night close to the hospital and was there to give her 23-year-old ‘baby girl’ a hug and tell her everything will be OK.
In the briefest of moments, an accident had shattered their lives.
It was too much to piece it back together on their own.
…we have a small favour to ask.
More people than ever need Day One’s support, but we don’t have the income to keep up with demand.
We’re determined to help people rebuild their lives after a catastrophic injury, wherever they are in the country.
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