Sarah had a mechanical stroke following a head-on road traffic accident in 2016 and was left with life-altering injuries that affect her mobility, vision, speech and memory. Sarah can no longer drive and requires full time care which is provided by her long-term partner and two paid carers who work on rotation.
“I read an article about The Brain Charity in Neuromatters, the Walton Centre newsletter, in 2017 and I thought it sounded like a good place to go to, so I came along to try out the craft class, the art class and the choir as a way to start socialising again.”
Prior to her accident and stroke Sarah had an active and challenging lifestyle, she was training to become a primary school teacher and had been a Brownie leader for over 17 years but her confidence had taken a knock and many of her friends had drifted away following her accident. Coming along to our Art and Craft classes, along with being a member of The Brain Charity choir, has helped Sarah to regain her confidence: “I don’t feel like an outsider when I’m here, I feel I can be myself and I don’t feel like I’m different, everyone is very kind and I’ve made lots of friends.”
Sarah has recently started designing and producing a range of earrings called ‘Sarah’s Sparkles’, which she’s selling through our charity shop to fundraise for us as a way of giving something back for the help she’s received, she’s also in the process of becoming a volunteer with us and hopes to get back to helping with activities at her local Brownie group in the near future.