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Just one month after my son Jack’s first birthday, we were devastated to find out that he had contracted meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia.

He temporarily lost his sight. He had constant epileptic seizures. He had suffered serious brain damage and would need to re-learn how to do everything. It was like he had become a new-born baby again.

When Jack turned 18, he went to National Star in Ullenwood. Everything Jack needed was on-site, from physiotherapy and hydrotherapy to fantastic sensory areas. We knew the campus had the space for Jack to be Jack.

He spent three years at National Star, and during that time we watched Jack become a man. He gained some independence, became calmer and learned to make choices. So many new opportunities opened up for him.

When Jack finished his course there was no suitable long-term accommodation, and so he moved into a care facility in Gloucester.

When National Star opened new long-term living accommodation at 1 Ledbury Road in Hereford, it was like a dream come true. Jack would finally be back in his home town and could be part of our family again.

It has been amazing. His sister and I drop by and just hang out with him. We don’t feel like visitors. 1 Ledbury Road is his home, and it feels like that.       

National Star has not only given Jack lots of opportunities he wouldn’t otherwise have had, but they have enabled us to be a family again. I feel like I have my son back.

By making a donation to National Star today you can help make sure that they are there for other families in the future. Just like they’ve been there for us.

Jo Lofting

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