Aaron Bennett

Aaron's Walk4Wessex

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We support the Wessex Neurological Centre to enhance the quality of patient care


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Myself, my family and a group of crazy friends are planning a walk around Portsea Island (approx 16 miles) on 5th November to help raise money for a charity close to my heart (and head).  Here's why...

On 6th April 2022, I visited the local opticians for an eye examination.  I had some blurred vision and assumed I needed a new prescription.  Nothing could prepare me and the family for what happened afterwards...

I was told my optic nerve pressures were high and that I needed to be referred to the local hospital for an assessment.  Following confirmation at the hospital and a few scans later, I was diagnosed with a very large 7cm meningioma brain tumour.  The following days were a blur as I tried to come to terms with this news and what it would mean for myself and my family.  I was taken to Southampton neurological centre (Wessex neuro) for assessment and an operation was booked for a month later.  I started new medications and was discharged until surgery.  Over the following weeks my condition worsened and my symptoms progressed.  This forced me to have surgery earlier than anticipated.   I spent 12 hours in theatre and 24-48 hours in intensive care.  I was discharged after 5 days and the care and support I have received from Wessex Neuro has been lifesaving and amazing.  I'm not out of the woods yet and I'm still awaiting radiotherapy to hopefully catch the part they can't reach.  

Smile4Wessex is a charity that funds projects which support the work of Wessex Neurological Centre.  By improving quality of care and range of treatments available, improving the quality of facilities available and facilitating research into neurological conditions which will have a direct bearing on patient care and further understanding of future conditions and their treatments.  Smile4Wessex are not just for brain tumours.  They work with stroke victims, acquired brain injuries, spinal injuries, haemorrhages and traumatic brain injuries (of which I have seen their work with a young boy who I dealt with following an RTC).    

Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer. 1% of cancer research budget is spent on brain tumours. 

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Smile4Wessex provide charitable support to the Wessex Neurological Centre, within Southampton General Hospital. This is one of the largest and most highly respected neurological centres in the UK. The unit provides acute specialist care to a population of approximately three million people across the South Coast, the Isle of Wight and Channel Islands, for a variety of neurological conditions, including; brain tumour, brain injury, stroke, brain haemorrhage, epilepsy, motor neurone disease and dementia. Our appeals ensure that the Wessex Neurological Centre is equipped with the very best technology and facilities available, to enhance the range and quality of patient care and to also sponsor pioneering research into new treatments.

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