Every night, Lucas* curled up into a ball under his blanket, the threat of violence keeping him frozen still.
Regular exposure to violence has made Lucas shrink away, to avoid being seen or heard in an attempt to protect himself from further pain.
All Lucas could focus on at home was staying safe. He didn’t have anywhere to play or an adult role model to teach him about healthy relationships and behaviour. He didn’t have the space to develop any interests or passions.
So, in every sense, Lucas didn’t have the basics that every child needs to grow and thrive.
With warm and loving support from his carers, Lucas has started to recover from the trauma he had suffered and regain his trust in adults. He has discovered a passion for gardening and enjoys tending to the flowers - it makes him feel calmer and more connected to the world around him.
For children like Lucas who are recovering from trauma, a special gift can help nurture them to grow and thrive.