Michael Yates’s story
My name is Michael Yates. I’ve been a volunteer for “Tools” for around 8 years. In 2004 I sustained serious brain injuries and spent a month on life support in Oxford. When I eventually came home I didn’t think I’d be able to do anything, then my wife heard of Tools for Self Reliance. I started coming twice a week with a carer. Gladys has been coming with me for over 5 years now. I loved it right from the very beginning but its just got better and better. I get a great feeling knowing that the work I do is helping someone else not as fortunate as me. It makes me feel really humble and it has also helped to bring my confidence up too.
I live in the village of Irchester with my wife, Elaine, our 2 cats, 2 rabitts and our spotty dog, Ringo. When I am not at Tools I love spending time in our village. We go to our local church café, The Reachout, on a Wednesday there we enjoy coffee, cakes (and delicious cheese scones) and a chat. The people there are very kind. I took a “Tools” DVD to show them the work we do and they were so impressed they decided to donate some money to Tools.
I feel really proud and priviledged to be part of Tools and will always be grateful to them for helping me to rebuild my life.
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