Last August we gathered to celebrate my father-in-laws 75th birthday. The following day my brother-in-law’s life changed when he fell from a horse. After an agonising wait of 25 days he emerged from a coma. We knew he had brain damage but did not know to what extent. But he has been one of the luckier ones. Eventually, he recognised people, he could talk, he could walk, and his memory was mostly there and, with help, would improve.
A year later we are all grateful that, not only is he alive, but he has a good quality of life – although different from what he had before.
Every 90 seconds somebody in this country has a brain injury. Each year an estimated 1 million people attend hospital A&E in the UK following head injury. It is estimated that across the UK there are around 500,000 people (aged 16-74) living with long term disabilities as a result of traumatic brain injury. These are frightening statistics, aren’t they? Tomorrow it could be you or somebody you know and love.
So that is why I am supporting Headway. The money we raise helps them make a huge impact on the lives of those affected by brain injury – the survivors, their families and carers. Please, please, please give generously!