The Moor Green Warriors will be completing a relay walk around the boating lake at Cannon Hill Park on Wednesday 11th September from 11am.
Moor Green is an outpatient brain injury service, offering support for adults with an acquired brain injury. As well as 1:1 appointments with clinicians, the centre also offers activity workshops such as gardening, woodwork and computer skills. Clients can work on managing their behaviour, community integration, independent living skills or returning to work
The Moor Green Warriors are a group of clients who came together after attending the many amazing workshops, classes and clinics run from the unit. Rob Cartwright, one of the main instigators behind the relay walk, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2016. “After a 10hr operation I awoke in the intensive care unit, not really knowing who I was, where I was or what was going on. I spent seven months in hospital lying in bed, unable to walk or do anything for myself”, Rob recalls. After a lot of treatment, he was eventually allowed to return home.
“I had carers to look after me and could do very little for myself, but I was adamant that I wanted to regain some independence, dignity and mobility. Initially I thought Moor Green would just be a way for me to get out of the house and meet people. What it turned out to be was a community support structure, completely geared at making me realise my potential and find ways to overcome my limitations.”
Karen Wilson, sister of Moor Green client Mark Wilson, explains why they are so keen to help fundraise for the treadmill: “Mark was 42yrs old when he suffered a large middle cerebral artery (MCA) stroke. This took everything down his right hand side. After a long hospital stay, we were told that Mark would never regain anything. He arrived for his initial assessment at Moor Green in a wheelchair, and to everybody’s amazement, after his rehabilitation with the service, he walked out!
Mark was able to access a treadmill in a different area of Moseley Hall Hospital and found it to be a huge aid in his recovery, helping him to gain strength. This extra equipment will be invaluable to patients on their rehabilitation journeys.”
Any funds raised over and above the cost of the desired treadmill will go towards other items, services and activities to enhance patient care at Moor Green.
BCHC Charity is the official charity supporting Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, funding equipment, research and facilities not part of core NHS services. Your support helps us provide the 'extras' that bring a smile to patients who access our services and enhance their experience.