CHRISTMAS this year has been very different for 15-year-old Kale Turner and his family, from Trowbridge - for at last there is a glimmer of hope on their horizon.

Kale was diagnosed with a brain tumour in September 2018 and has been in hospital ever since.

Before there was a chance to operate, a bleed occurred on his brain which left him with severe brain damage.

His family have been working hard to raise enough money to move into a specially adapted home when he is discharged, as their house in Dursley Road, Trowbridge is too small to be adapted.

Kale’s mum Jayne said: “We had exciting news that as Kale is now more medically stable he could potentially be discharged in March 2020.

“As pleased as we are about this it is now a matter of urgency that we raise the funds we need, sell our home and find a new home for Kale.

“We need as much support as we possibly can and help in raising our profile to reach as many people as possible.

“I am so grateful for all the help and support we have had from our friends and family, our community, Time is Precious, Charlton Farm and Bristol Children’s Hospital.

“This Christmas we have had so much to celebrate regarding how much Kale has achieved this year.

“While others maybe thinking about being at home with their families I have a big question mark where are home will be.

“Our beautiful amazing young man deserves to have a place he can call home to motivate him to progress further.

“I am asking with a heart full of love and hope that people can think about Kale this Christmas and give an extra gift by donating to our Home for Kale fund.”

Jayne and her friends and family have organised many fundraisers this year, which have been reported on and supported by the Wiltshire Times.

She said: “We have had a busy few months fundraising for a home for Kale, quizzes, fun days, 5k fun runs, beard shaves, cake sales, jumble sales, Kalefest, and other evenings.

“Kale has made such huge progress since last year and has enjoyed several visits to Charlton Farm, a specialist care centre, including celebrating his 15th birthday.

“Kale has been enjoying getting out of the hospital once a week including visits to the cinema, Forbidden Planet, Bristol museum, Cabots Circus and We the Curious.

“He has become much more stable and is communicating more using an eye gaze wipe board, making choices with his eyes, and is trying really hard to talk.

“We have come such a long way and remain grateful and positive for the future.

“We have raised £43,000 but still have a long way to go to reach our target of £150,000.

"My house is on the market and we are looking for a new one.”

To donate, visit the A Home for Kale facebook page where there are regular updates, photos and links to donate through a GoFundMe page.