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Without our nursing team, some young people simply would not be able to come to a place like National Star. Please donate today.

At National Star we’re all about enabling young people with complex disabilities to realise their potential. But without our 24-strong nursing team and their specialist around the clock care, this just wouldn’t be possible. Without our nursing team, some young people simply would not be able to come to a place like National Star.

My name is Catherine Rowland, and I’m Lead Nurse at National Star. I’ve worked for the charity for 15 years, and I’ve seen first-hand what an incredible difference our support makes to the lives of the young people at National Star.

One such young person is Nathan, a student at National Star. Nathan has cerebral palsy, epilepsy and a tracheostomy. As a result, a nurse needs to be on hand to use suction equipment to clear Nathan’s airway through a tube in his neck whenever he needs it. Thanks to the nursing support he receives, Nathan can access the opportunities that National Star offers and go out into the community to do the things he loves.

In recent years the needs of the young people at National Star have grown more complex. We are supporting more individuals with learning disabilities, acquired brain injuries, complex genetic conditions, severe epilepsy and swallowing and breathing difficulties. These conditions make simple things like eating food or breathing impossible without specialist equipment and nursing support.

I don’t want to imagine what it would be like not to have nurses at National Star. Students wouldn’t be able to attend their sessions and gain the confidence our personalised learning programmes provide. They wouldn’t be able to fully benefit from their therapies. We simply couldn’t prepare them for living life as independently as they can after National Star.

Please donate today. Your support will ensure young people with complex disabilities at National Star can continue to receive the specialist support they need and live life to the full regardless of the challenges they face.

Catherine

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