Brain injury survivor opens new charity shop
A BRAIN injury survivor has helped open a new charity shop in Poynton.
Headway charity shop, on Park Lane, will be run by Headway, a charity that works to improve life after brain injury.
In 1980 Michael Harnor suffered a brain haemorrhage that left him he struggling with basic tasks he once took for granted.
Michael, a lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, managed to rebuild his life until tragedy struck again at 2012 when he fell and hit his head, causing further damage to his brain.
It was only after this second accident that he discovered Headway.
Michael said: “It was a privilege to be asked to cut the ribbon and declare the new store officially open for business. Headway does valuable work and hopefully the shop’s presence in Poynton will raise some much-needed awareness of brain injury in the area.
“Age is irrelevant when it comes to brain injury. It happened to me in my 30s and then again a year and a half ago - it can happen to anyone.”
Carol Tennet from Headway said: “Michael is a shining example that there can be a life after brain injury. It is an honour that he has agreed to support the cause and attend the opening ceremony. We are very grateful for all the generous people who have donated stock so far, and Briana Scally from Irwin Mitchell Solicitors who created the lease for the new premises.
“We rely heavily upon the support of the public and we will warmly welcome anyone who wants to clear out your clutter by donating their unwanted items.”
● Brain injury survivor Michael Harnor at the eadway charity shop launch with mayor Rebecca Horsman