THIS month, we are delighted to celebrate Leeds based Trauma charity; Day One’s sixth birthday.
Day One launched on the 1st September 2014 and provides patients and families on the Major Trauma Unit at Leeds General Infirmary with holistic support, from legal and financial advice to practical and emotional support.
Since then, Day One has gone from strength to strength, and to date, a phenomenal £643,000 has been raised. This has helped fund, improvements to the ward environment, life-changing equipment, health and wellbeing projects and the charity’s peer support programme.
What makes Day One unique is their community of peer support volunteers, made up of trauma survivors and their families. These volunteers provide advice and a listening ear from someone who understands what patients are going through, helping them on their journey to recovery.
Jill Beaumont has just joined the charity as Day One Manager but has already been amazed by its achievements, she said:
“I have been truly inspired by what Day One has accomplished in its first six years! As the charity’s new manager, I look forward to working with staff and volunteers on our next exciting chapter!”
None of this could have been possible without the charity’s dedicated supporters, who over the years, have held their own fundraising events and taken part in Day One’s own events, including the Athens Marathon in 2018 and the hugely successful ‘7 Marathons in 7 Weeks’ challenge.
The ‘7 Marathons in 7 Weeks’ challenge had over 60 participants and raised a colossal £70,000 alone during lockdown – enough to fund the charity’s service for almost 7 months.
Catherine Clark is one of the peer support volunteers and part of ‘Team Orange’ who took on the 7 in 7 challenge, she said:
“Even though we can’t volunteer on the ward right now, we all wanted to continue to support Day One in any way we could. This challenge was a great way to raise awareness and funds so that patients and their families can continue to receive the support and care they need.”
Thanks to Day One’s success in Leeds, the service has already begun to expand across the country with a Day One service currently being launched at Aintree Hospital in Liverpool.
Professor Peter Giannoudis, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and one of the charity’s founders said:
“Over the past six years, Day One has achieved so much and we’re excited for what’s to come. I’m pleased to say that we’re moving towards becoming a national trauma charity so that we can support trauma patients across the UK.
“I want to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported Day One over the past six years, your donations make a huge difference to patients and families.”