Real life stories

Pauline sitting on a hill looking at the camera

Pauline’s executive dysfunction story: “COVID left me isolated: The Brain Charity welcomed me with open arms”

Pauline has Alice in Wonderland Syndrome, an extremely rare illness which can cause parts of

Category: Phone befriending

Published: 28 April 2022

Rupak getting advice at The Brain Charity in Liverpool

Rupak’s MS story: “I was homeless after my diagnosis – The Brain Charity finding me a home was irreplaceable”

The Brain Charity's staff helped Rupak find somewhere to live so he could spend time

Category: Phone befriending

Published: 8 November 2022

Rachel talks about the support she received from The Brain Charity in Liverpool

Rachel’s brain haemorrhage story: “I had to relearn how to talk; The Brain Charity has been a lifeline”

She spent 2 weeks in a coma and now struggles with slurred speech.

Category: Phone befriending

Published: 5 February 2021

Graham with his daughter Joanne, aged 19, who visited him in hospital before her end of school prom

Graham’s brain haemorrhage story: “I went from working in intensive care to being there myself”

Graham, 58, started his career as a pharmacist at The Walton Centre.

Category: Phone befriending

Published: 31 August 2021

The Brain Charity’s phone befriending service was a lifeline for Craig

Craig’s COVID-19 story: “The Brain Charity’s weekly phone befriending calls kept me alive during the pandemic”

The 66-year-old faced debilitating loneliness during the lockdowns.

Category: Phone befriending

Published: 4 August 2021

Stephen says The Brain Charity was a life saver

Stephen’s COVID-19 story: “It’s no exaggeration to say The Brain Charity was a life saver”

During the COVID-19 pandemic, The Brain Charity's weekly call was his only social interaction.

Category: Phone befriending

Published: 30 June 2021

Man using mobile

Phillip’s COVID-19 story: “There is nowhere near enough humility in the world, but The Brain Charity showed me plenty”

Lockdown meant the barber had less than £5 a day to survive on.

Category: Phone befriending

Published: 15 March 2021

Sonya with her children

Sonya’s brain haemorrhage story: “I nearly died, people don’t take my invisible disability seriously”

Her 4-year-old daughter helped save her life when she collapsed.

Category: Phone befriending

Published: 15 March 2021