Our Dad was born on the 18th June 1945. He lived a very full, sporty, active and busy life until a fatal motorbike accident on the 2nd July 1993 which killed our beautiful brother at just 18 years old, and left our Dad with serious head and spinal injuries. Due to the nature of his head injuries we never really knew what the outcome was going to be or how he would fare in terms of physical rehabilitation. He fought and fought through the years to make the best out of his very painful situation. He ended up moving to Papworth village following a very low period in mood which happened from time to time. Once at Papworth he grew more confidence in himself and even worked for a while there. Being at Papworth gave him the courage to move to a nearby "Independent Living Flat" in Huntingdon where he managed to live, make friends, and always chatted away to everyone he met. He made some great friends there and we will always be grateful to them for making the last year of his life more manageable.
His head/ spinal injury meant that he was basically a tetraplegic so he was wheelchair bound for the best part of 22 years, but this also meant that the decline in his movement and abilities was very slow. After he lost the ability to drive his specially adapted van in 2014 the decline became much more visible and quick until he was moved to Cherry Hinton Care home in March of this year.
Our Dad fought his last fight when he went into hospital for the final time on August the 29th this year. He spent 5 weeks in hospital until he sadly took his last breath on the 2nd October 2016.
Pre the accident our Dad was essentially Sports Billy and did everything from running marathons, to playing squash, teaching Badminton and was an excellent swimmer / diver who taught us all to swim and dive and run and enjoy moving. He also had a very cheeky sense of humour and this always shone through despite everything he had to endure over the last 23 years.
I am choosing Headway Cambridgeshire to raise money in memory of my Dad because over the years they have helped me hugely when I have struggled to know how to deal with various situations that have arisen. Directly after the accident I will always remember the Head Injury specialist who dealt directly with us the family, and was hugely supportive at such a traumatic emotional time.
Brain injury can affect anyone, at any time and Headway Cambridgeshire, an autonomous charity, supports individuals and their families through these life-changing events, treating clients as individuals and building a bespoke service to meet their needs and aspirations.
There were many charities involved with our Dad over the years so it was difficult to think of just one. However we choose Headway so that they can continue to do the great work they do locally for families affected by extreme life changing events.
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