About us

How it all began: Kristian’s story

My son Kristian was a fit, healthy and happy 18-year-old.  On a night out with friends in September 2010, he was approached by a stranger looking for a cigarette, who then punched my son, just once, causing him to sustain a catastrophic brain injury.

Kristian was in a coma initially which he miraculously came out of after 7 days, and I thought he was at the start of his road to recovery.  Kristian sustained a frontal lobe brain injury which affected his behaviour and he needed extensive rehabilitation.

I fought hard to get him into the best rehabilitation unit, based in Northampton, some miles from home, and carried out fundraising to help with travel costs so family and friends could visit him regularly.  Although he was awaiting an operation for plates to be inserted into his skull, he seemed to me to be doing okay, and I eagerly awaited full rehabilitation to commence, and ultimately, believed I would be able to bring my son home.

After two months at the rehabilitation unit, Kristian started to lose weight and had little interest in anything.  I became very worried about him and kept expressing my concerns to anyone and everyone who would listen.  My brave beautiful son died on 10 July 2011, he was just 19.

Losing Kristian changed mine, and my family’s, lives forever.  We live with the pain every day, that’s what a single punch over a cigarette caused.  I set up the charity One Punch UK with my husband, Kristian’s stepfather who he never met, to campaign, educate and support others, in memory of my son, in the hope we can prevent another family going through what mine did.

Our aim

One Punch  envisions a nation without violence, where social violence is condemned.

  • 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.  Maxine, Kristian’s mum, received very little professional support so this is an important part of the campaign.

Meet the team

Maxine Thompson Curl

Chair of Trustees

My son Kristian was killed by a single punch and I founded this charity with my husband Tony, in memory of Kristian

Anthony Curl

Founder : Operations & Business Manager

I’m joint founder of One Punch UK and Kristian’s stepdad. Although I never met Kristian, I’m passionate about educating people around one punch violence so Kristian didn’t die in vain

Patrons

Jack Rutter

Dehenna Davison MP

Trustees

Mick Urwin

Vice Chair

Caitlyn Chaytor

Tracy Crow

Trustee

Ruth Parker

Trustee

Lisa Brown

Trustee

Events and campaigns

Red and Blue Day

Red and Blue Day

Red or Blue Day 2024#WearRedorBlueDay We are asking all schools, workplaces to take part in our Awareness Week by allowing the children to wear a non-uniform or something Red or Blue on Friday Friday 20th September and to pay £1 to take part 100% of the donation goes...

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Pier to Pier to Pier

Pier to Pier to Pier

Pier to Pier to Pier Pier to Pier to Pier 14th July  Ride your bike from Roker pier to South Shields pier and back again (appox 14.4 miles) How to get involved Register now for our information pack which will be sent to you. Registration Fee Adults £10.00 Child £5.00...

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#50inAugust

#50inAugust

#50inAugust#50inAugust Covering 50 miles in August Run - Walk - Cycle - Swim or whatever else you can think of.How to get involved Register now for our information pack. Hashtags #50inAugust Supported byGet Involved

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One Punch Awareness Week

One Punch Awareness Week

One Punch Awareness Week 2024One Punch Awareness Week One Punch Awareness Week is an annual awareness week which takes place during the third week of September each year.  We do many activities and fundraising events through the week and work alongside other...

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Punched Out Cold Campaign

Punched Out Cold Campaign

Punched Out Cold CampaignPunched Out Cold Campaign December is Punched Out Cold month.  Alcohol often plays a part in one punch assaults, and December, with the festive period, often sees more people out celebrating. Whilst most of the time we may be able to laugh...

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