CEREBRAL palsy sufferer Danny Wake has thanked his carer for giving him a new lease of life.
The 23-year-old needs round-the-clock help and lives with carers who help him to dress, feed himself, and get out and about.
Danny has been living in his own home in Tunstall Village for three years, and said it has helped him gain independence.
The kitchen hand, who works in an independent living housing complex in Washington, is a member of a singing group at The Sage, Gateshead, and enjoys going to the pub.
“I enjoy everything about having my independence,” he said.
“I can go out and visit my family when I want to, and pretty much go everywhere.”
Danny has support from Kevin Gudgeon and Lesley Reed, of Bluebird Care in Sunderland.
Kevin said: “He’s my partner in crime – he’s like my little brother – he’s met my children, who love him, and we get to go all over together.
“Dan has proved that whatever your disability, you can actually do something with your life.”
Danny said: “My carer Kevin is more like a friend and without my own place and round-the-clock care I’d be pretty much housebound. Instead, I’m living the life I dreamed of when I was 16.”
Danny’s mum, Gill, said: “It was a bit of a learning curve at first but as soon as we had the right care Dan flourished.
“He has come on leaps and bounds since having his own independence and my life has improved seeing him doing so well.
“I am around when he needs me, but it allows me freedom I never had before and gives Dan the opportunity to live his life.”