After using Sylvanvale supports for her son, Sue made a decision to give regular, monthly donations to Sylvanvale. Sue became a Sylvanvale Champion.


It’s the phone call every parent fears. The voice on the other end of the line saying your child has been involved in an accident. For Sue, the fear became a reality one Saturday afternoon in November 1994. Her then 11 year old son Simon, had collided with a car while riding his bike home from a school working bee.

When Sue rushed to the scene in her car, she was told by someone in the street that she couldn’t go down the road. That a boy had been killed in a car accident. “I’m the mother of that boy” Sue said and kept driving.

When Sue got closer, she found that what she had been told was wrong. Her son was alive. But in a critical condition. He had come off his bike in the accident and gone through the windscreen of the car. An ambulance had already been called and arrived after Sue got to her son’s side.

He was rushed to St George Hospital, and upon examination, doctors said that although he had no broken bones, he had suffered a traumatic head injury. He was transferred to Camperdown Children’s Hospital and a short time later was operated on to relieve the pressure in his brain.

And then Simon went into a coma. He was in a comatose state for the next 6 months.

After many months, Simon gradually began to show signs of awakening. It took the doctors a long time to conclude that Simon was coming out of the coma and would survive. It was the start of a long road to recovery and rehabilitation.

Simon is now 34 years old and lives with his mother and father in their home. He is paralysed down one side of his body and has no use of his right hand or arm and very little use of his right leg. He was diagnosed with an acquired brain injury and will require supervision and care for the rest of his life.

For the last 10 years, Sue has been using Sylvanvale’s Short Term Accommodation, located at Loftus. Simon stays at Loftus for a week, every 3-4 months. He enjoys going to Loftus and gets on well with the all the people at the Centre. He enjoys socialising and watching sports.

After using the supports at Loftus for her son, Sue made a decision to give regular, monthly donations to Sylvanvale. Sue became a “Sylvanvale Champion”. Monthly giving offers Sue a way to make a meaningful contribution to Sylvanvale that’s convenient and affordable for her family. It’s her way of giving back to an organisation that supports her family.

She’s happy to give a little each month to ensure Sylvanvale can budget and plan for the future more effectively and continue to support people with disability, like her son. 

Sue would like to invite you to join her as a Sylvanvale Champion, and support people with a disability, now and into the future.