High praise for charity supporter
A DOUBLE brain injury survivor has celebrated 30 years helping a charity which support people with epilepsy.
Mike Harnor from Poynton was struck down with a brain haemorrhage in 1980.
After a long recovery he was able to return to his job as a lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University.
In 1985 Mike got involved in Epilepsy Action and has been re-elected to the charity’s management council as trustee ever since, as well as serving as chair between 2006 and 2009.
When Mike was elected to the council, the charity’s annual turnover was £400,000, with 26 employees and just 3,788 members.
Today Epilepsy Action turns over around £3m a year and has more than 13,500 members and 60 members of staff.
But Mike’s story took a terrible twist in 2012 when tragedy struck again.
After rebuilding his life Mike fell and hit his head, resulting in him suffering frequent epileptic fits.
Mike has since retired from his academic career.
He said: “Age is irrelevant when it comes to brain injury. It happened to me in my 30s and then again in 2012 – it can happen to anyone.”
Paying tribute to Mike’s commitment to the charity, Phil Lee, Epilepsy Action’s chief executive, said: “Mike’s record of service as a council member is tremendous.
“He has been an outstanding contributor to the charity’s growth and development over the past 30 years.
“His enthusiasm, dedication and commitment to the charity and to people with epilepsy are an inspiration to everyone connected with Epilepsy Action.”
Mike is also an advocate of Headway, a charity which supports individuals and their families who have been affected by brain injury.
●● Mike Harnor, from Poynton, survived two brain injuries and supports Epilepsy Action
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