Brain in­jury sur­vivor opens new char­ity shop

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORING -

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.”

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● Brain in­jury sur­vivor Michael Harnor at the ead­way char­ity shop launch with mayor Re­becca Hors­man

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