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Nick's story

In April 2022, Nick suffered a severe head injury that had life-changing consequences. Just two years later, on 21st April 2024, he will run the London Marathon to raise funds for brain research.

“A simple accident that could’ve happened to anyone”

In April 2022, Nick was enjoying a day out with his wife when he tripped on a pavement and fell backwards. He suffered a severe injury to his head and was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery to treat a bleed on his brain.

“It was a simple accident that could’ve happened to anyone. Yet, at the time, my family had no idea if I’d wake up, and if I did, how bad the brain injury would be.”

The accident was life-changing, and Nick needed intensive rehabilitation. He was unable to walk and was aphasic, which meant that he couldn’t talk or understand speech. It took several months for him to learn to walk and communicate again, eventually returning home from hospital in September 2022.

Life after the accident - grabbing life with both hands

Nick still has hearing difficulties and no sense of taste or smell. He’s also unable to drive, which has taken away a lot of his independence. But he has a positive outlook on life and enjoys spending time with his children and grandchildren. He has also been able to take up his favourite hobby again – golf!

The accident made Nick realise that, because you never know what’s around the corner, you need to grab life with both hands. It was with this in mind that he signed up to run the London Marathon, and will take to the streets on 21stApril to complete the 26.2 mile distance from Greenwich to the Mall!

His aim is to raise £4,000 to support vital brain research.

"25 years ago, doctors wouldn’t have known how to treat my brain injury and I may not have survived my accident. But now, thanks to Brain Research UK, I’m here today and training to run the London Marathon. With every step I run, I’ll be thinking of the money I’m raising for this amazing charity."

If you’d like to support his amazing effort, please visit his fundraising page

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