Will Palmer

Will is the parent of a son with an acquired brain injury, and inspired by him, ran the London Marathon for us.

 

“My son, now aged 23, has an acquired brain injury from a car accident some 22 months ago, in Scotland. For the first 5 months I was living up there whilst he was critical and in intensive care. When, thanks to the amazing skill and dedication of NHS Scotland, he moved to rehab, I came back home to Northamptonshire. Then with time to think, the reality of the situation kicked in and I found myself in a dark place.

 

Desperate and confused, I turned to the lovely people at Headway, where I was made most welcome. I was offered counselling, practical advice, empathy and a deeper understanding of the situation. No punches were pulled but this helped me face the reality and that there was lots of positive things I could do that would help me and my son.

 

I saw the wonderful work they do, both staff and volunteers, with the clients and made some very good friends. I was honoured, although somewhat daunted at first, when they asked me and others to run the London marathon to help raise much needed funds for the charity. The winter training and blisters were all worth it as I managed to run my first ever marathon at such an iconic event.

 

My son is finally home after 20 months in hospital and I’m happy to say making slow but steady progress after such a life changing event for all of us. I can now look forward to him making more progress in the future, however long it takes and his spirit is an inspiration to us all. I shall always be personally grateful to all at Headway East Northants and would fully recommend them to anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation and are not sure who to turn to.

 

Will Palmer

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