Brain damage survivors call

PUBLISHED: 11:26 04 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:47 26 October 2009

SURVIVORS of brain damage took to a busy shopping centre to help promote an awareness week. Hatfield resident Graham Raudnitz and WGC man Gary Gregory were on hand at the Howard Centre, WGC, to raise the profile of Brain Injury Awareness Week

SURVIVORS of brain damage took to a busy shopping centre to help promote an awareness week.

Hatfield resident Graham Raudnitz and WGC man Gary Gregory were on hand at the Howard Centre, WGC, to raise the profile of Brain Injury Awareness Week and raise money for brain damage charity Headway.

Graham, 47, was injured in tragic car smash in his teens while 49-year-old Gary, from By the Mount, was hurt almost 25 years ago in a near fatal accident at work.

The pair chatted with passing shoppers and handed out leaflets about living with a brain injury last Wednesday.

Graham, who lives in Haltside, said: "We just want to raise awareness of the charity and how living with such a thing affects your life.

"The support provided by organisations such as Headway is so important to people like us who did not know where to go."

Gary Gregory said: "I don't think people appreciate how hard it is to live with brain damage.

"Your whole life is affected, relationships are not the same and stress is very hard to deal with.

"We can appear as just like anybody else but we still have to deal with things that others would.

"It's not a question of not knowing what is wrong, it is trying to make people realise what it's about and how it affects us."

Dave Philpott, who works for Headway, was hoping that a branch of the charity can be set up in Times Territory to help people like Graham and Gary.

He said: "Brain injuries are like a tsunami.

"There is the initial impact and then there a number of waves afterwards.

"We are pushing to try and get a Headway in South Herts as it is important to highlight the difficulties that people with brain injuries have to deal with.


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