No child’s life should start like Luke’s…
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Luke was born addicted to drugs. His pregnant mother’s addiction meant that Luke’s suffering began before he was born. Because of that he suffered lots of developmental delays in his early life and was then propelled into a world of severe neglect and violence.
Luke’s parents continued to fight drug addiction and struggled to care for him. Luke was forgotten and often went hungry. But worse were the terrifying times when his parents were fighting – or when they turned their drug fuelled rage on him and he had no way to avoid their kicks and blows.
By the time Luke came into the care of Barnardos aged two, his development was delayed in every way. He could barely communicate, was weak and malnourished with very poor motor skills.
Luke had endured so much at a young age, all he knew was how to be afraid. He was deeply traumatised and could only express himself though physical aggression.
Please consider donating to our autumn appeal today so we can support and protect more children like Luke and help change their lives forever.