Daniel is a young man who overcame an unsettled period to embark on a career as a military paratrooper. On completion of his rigorous training, Daniel hopes to be honoured with his red beret – a testament to his hard work and dedication.
Daniel’s time at Kibble was a turning point in his life. His teenage years were difficult, and he got caught up with the wrong crowd and became involved in offending behaviour. He was placed in Kibble’s Safe Centre and this gave him the space to get his life back on track. While at Kibble he pursued his love of sport, joining the school football team, as well as swimming and playing pool. Daniel also attended KibbleWorks and gained his Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS), with the initial aim to follow in the footsteps of his dad.
Daniel’s mother Lynda explained: “When Daniel returned home, he was a different lad altogether and a joy to live with. He was my Daniel and I had him back to how he used to be”. After leaving Kibble, Daniel began working with his dad before going to college to study brickwork. However, it wasn’t long before he decided he wanted to join the army. Lynda’s emotions were mixed, however she realised that this was his dream and she would support him all the way. Daniel recently completed the first part of his training where he passed with flying colours and is now undertaking 26 weeks training to join the paratroopers.
Lynda shared her story with us to say thank you to staff “for all the time and consideration you have towards the children”. She hopes Daniel’s story will inspire other young people to fulfil their ambitions.