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Inspirational Bexx runner up for Headway Annual Award

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December 1st, 2011 Posted 11:27 am

Bexx is one of only three people from across the UK competing for the title of Achiever of the Year in the annual awards run by the charity Headway – the brain injury association.

The Achiever of the Year will be named at a glittering ceremony at The Dorchester Hotel in London on 2 December, along with awards for the Volunteer, Carer and Campaigner of the Year, and the Stephen McAleese Outstanding Contribution to Headway Award.

‘Good Luck Bexx’.

Swindon is very proud!



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Headway – Conversation Group.

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July 25th, 2011 Posted 10:33 am

During the same week as the school assemblies, me and Jen were invited by the clients at Headway to attend one of their conversation groups to talk about the whole story behind Smile.

To have the brain-injured clients ask me to talk to them about what had happened for me to sustain a brain-injury was quite a big deal to me – they obviously were interested in how far I had come since I had received the brain-injury in 2000.

The main reason I was looking forward to giving this talk at Headway was that I hoped it would help the clients realise that even though they may struggle with certain aspects of life, there can still be many positive options and choices that they can take to improve their way of life, and that there are always reasons to Smile.

The conversation group was different to talks we had given before at the Smile Launch Party & assemblies at my secondary school; this was more relaxed and less formal.

We were sat at a table with all the Headway clients and staff sat around the table, ready to listen to what me and Jen had to say.

I still felt quite nervous although not as much as at the other events – I felt happy and privileged as well to be informing other brain-injury sufferers of my success.

All of the people at Headway were very polite and listened very well to what I said – I mentioned about how my brain injury had been caused, what I had struggled with because of the brain injury, and also about help and support I had received over the years to improve my way of life.

Some of the Headway clients then expressed how they had dealt with a brain injury, and what problems they had encountered as a result of it.

I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of this Headway conversation group – it helped me to understand different impacts of a brain injury, for example short-term memory loss, and health and safety risks. Also, to be talking to other people who had received a similar injury as I did and that had to do the same kind of rehabilitation as I did, inspired me even more to try to raise as much help and awareness for Brain Injury as possible.

We have been working very closely with Headway to raise as much as possible for the brilliant work they do. We are continuing to do as much as we can to improve the lives of other Brain Injury sufferers.



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Fundraising Assemblies July 2011

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July 20th, 2011 Posted 1:17 pm

In July, me and Jen were invited to my secondary school to give assemblies about Smile and encourage staff and pupils to buy a single to help raise money for my chosen charities – The Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases-Rehabilitation Unit in Bath and Headway-Swindon.

As soon as I received the news that I would be talking to pupils at my secondary school about my experience with my song, my heart started beating very fast. I was so nervous but at the same time rather excited to be getting the opportunity to return back to my secondary school to tell the staff and pupils about my song Smile – the project I have been working on for the past couple of years.

Going into school on the day of our first assembly (Monday), I was feeling very nervous about the fact that I would be stood in front of all the pupils talking about my project – just like speakers used to stand in front of me when I was a pupil at the school. The pupils would be looking up to me and giving opinions on what I was saying, this was added pressure to me as I needed to make sure everything I said made sense and that I covered everything I wanted to say.

Luckily, all 4 of our assemblies seemed to go very well – we were introduced to the pupils by one of my ex-teachers, and then it was mine and Jen’s turn to talk. Jen began by talking to the pupils about what a Brain Injury is and how someone can receive one. Also, she emphasised the fact that a Brain Injury can be sustained from something as small as someone falling over to something as serious as someone being involved in a road traffic accident. I then explained about how I sustained a brain injury and what rehabilitation I have been receiving since – the song-writing workshop being one method of my rehabilitation. My music video was shown and to end the assemblies, we asked the pupils to each donate a small amount.

My aim of doing these assemblies was to inspire the pupils to be more creative and to have them understand that if they really work hard at something and are determined to be successful, then anything is possible. Also during the assemblies, I was hoping to raise awareness for other sufferers of Brain Injury, and to encourage the pupils to donate to my chosen charities by downloading Smile.

After a week of assemblies at the school, I believe both myself and Jen were very happy with the outcome. The pupils have all been very supportive, and the school managed to raise a grand total of £105.00 for the supported charities.

I’d just like to say a huge thank-you to all of the staff and pupils at the school, especially to Mrs. Hills for all her hard work and to Mr. Bole who provided technical support.

Thank you everyone at Warneford!!


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