Daniel gets to take part in a takeover day at a hospice in Oxfordshire

Daniel Ball during his takeover day.
Daniel Ball during his takeover day.

Daniel Ball, 13, from Daventry, was one of five young people who took part in this year’s Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Day at Oxford hospice Helen and Douglas House.

Daniel, who visits the hospice for respite care, has Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

He does not get the opportunity to participate in work experience like other young people because of his condition.

But Takeover Day on Thursday, November 20 saw Daniel in charge for the day.

This saw him involved in making decisions and giving his opinion about work procedures and potential difficult situations arising within the charity.

Daniel said: ‘It was a brilliant day. In the morning we did an environmental audit going round Helen House looking for dangerous things that could cause harm to people and we had a disciplinary hearing, interviewing people where there had been a problem at work.

“In the afternoon we helped create and direct a new fundraising video for Christmas shopping online and I answered the phone in reception. That was a bit scary but I loved opening the door to let people in and out.”

Karin Hyatt, the inspiration behind Helen House Takeover day said: “The very special thing about take over day 2014 is that at the start of the day we had five very nervous, shy young adolescents and at the end of the day we had five young people who had gone home so much more confident and really good friends.”