Downhill Centre, Killarney Square,
Downhill, Sunderland, SR5 4AY
How it all Began – the beginning of One Punch UK
Kristian was a fit, healthy and happy 18 year old who was assaulted in September 2010 and sustained a catastrophic brain injury. He was in a coma for 7 days, which he miraculously came out of and was back on the road to recovery, although his behaviour was affected due to front lobe brain damage.
His family fought to get him into the best rehabilitation unit, based in Northampton, and carried out fundraising to help his family and friends visit him. Initially, he was doing ok and was waiting for plates to be put into his skull before full rehabilitation could take place. After two months of being at the unit Kristian started to lose weight and had little interest. His Mum, Maxine, became extremely worried about him and kept expressing concerns to anyone and everyone that would listen. She visited every weekend and his friends visited once a month. We truly believed we would get him home. Maxine’s brave beautiful son died on 10th July 2011, he was only 19.
Maxine tirelessly campaigned for years to get the justice Kristian deserves.
As a result of the lack of support and guidance, when it was needed most, Maxine founded One Punch UK. With the following aims:
The aims of One Punch UK:
- To raise awareness of the devastation that ONE PUNCH can do.
- To educate people about the risks and consequences of a split second decision to engage in violence.
- To harness the knowledge and life experiences of those affected by one-punch violence, to educate others.
- It helps people make safe choices, to recognise the warning signs of and deal with a potentially violent situation.
- Develop targeted intervention pathways for the perpetrators of social violence.
- We will work alongside other agencies who are campaigning against alcohol and drug fuelled violence.
- We will produce an education package to deliver in schools, colleges, universities, workplaces amongst other areas.
- We believe that if we start early in schools, educating children about the consequences of one punch, we will make a difference.
- We will support the victims of one-punch violence, which includes families and friends who have also suffered as a result.