‘Inspirational’ Danielle is building a new life

Danielle and her mum, Colette.
Danielle and her mum, Colette.

A Limavady woman who was left unable to walk after a brutal attack, has shared her remarkable journey to build a new life for herself.

Danielle Allen from Aghanloo was left fighting for her life after the vicious assault at her home in Glenmore Gardens, Limavady on July 17, 2014.

I’ve learned how strong I am

Danielle Allen

Danielle, who was 27 at the time, spent eight months in hospital.

Almost three years on, Danielle said she’s in a great place thanks to her family,

Danielle had been receiving physiotherapy, but that has now ended.

However, determined to walk, 29-year-old Danielle works out with a personal trainer once a week at Nspire Fitness Gym in Limavady. She said she can do so much more than before, including taking a few steps with assistance and get in and out of her wheelchair and into the car.

Due to injuries she sustained in her hand, Danielle is unable to write but that hasn’t stopped her from pursuing her studies.

Danielle, who has a nine-years-old daughter, Paige, currently attends the North West Regional College where she is studying ICT.

“I’ve learned how strong I am,” said Danielle, who describes her trainer Darren Ferguson from Nspire as “an inspiration.”

“Darren got me out of a rut. When I go to the gym I feel really strong and confident and I want to let anyone who uses a wheelchair know they shouldn’t be put off going to a gym.”

Danielle’s mum, Colette McLaughlin, believes her daughter will be able to walk again.

“Danielle’s amazing. She puts me to shame,” said Colette.

“They said the physio wasn’t doing any good, yet Danielle can pedal a bike. Even if it’s with a walking aid, she will walk again.”

Darren Ferguson from Nspire said: “Danielle Nelly Allen has been nothing but inspirational since she first came through the doors. Danielle chose not to give up and fights every day to improve her health and fitness.

“Watching the confidence increase in Danielle has been my motivation because if we all had the drive she has nothing would be impossible in this world.”

Danielle wants to thank her family, including her grandfather John and her grandmother Betty, and the entire team at Nspire.

Colette said Danielle and all the family have had to build a new life since the attack.

No one has ever been charged with the assault, but Danielle hopes one day she will get justice.

A PSNI spokesperson said: “A file has been sent to the PPS. The investigation remains ongoing at this time.”