High praise for char­ity sup­porter

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

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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