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Raymond

Raymond works as a product development scientist for a large company. He is married and has one daughter who is 8 years old. His ethnic background is White Irish.

  • Background

    Raymond works as a product development scientist for a large company. He is married and has one daughter who is 8 years old. His ethnic background is White Irish.

  • Age at interview 44
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Wesley

    Wesley had a traumatic brain injury about 12 years ago. He fell off a moped when he was on holiday in Turkey. He was in a coma for several months and when he came round, spent time in a rehabilitation unit. He now has some memory problems.

  • Background

    Wesley is single. He was living with his mum at the time of the interview, but was in the process of looking for a new place. He works as a...

  • Age at interview 30
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Simon A

    Simon sustained a severe traumatic brain injury and numerous physical injuries after he was knocked down by a car 14 years ago. After his injury he had memory problems, experienced fatigue and his personality changed. He was unable to return to work as a chartered accountant.

  • Background

    Simon is a health and fitness consultant. He is married with three children, aged 19, 21 and 27, and has one grandchild. His ethnic background is White English.

  • Age at interview 46
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Joe

    Joe was driving home after a gig when another vehicle crashed into his. He spent four days in a coma and was then diagnosed with a brain injury.

  • Background

    Joe used to be a drummer playing in various bands. He is separated from his partner and has four children. He lives alone. Ethnic background’ Black/British.

  • Age at interview 53
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Elcena

    Elcena hurt her back when she tried to lift a heavy beer barrel at work. She subsequently developed spinal arthritis.

  • Background

    Elcena is single and has three children, aged 46, 45 and 42. She set up her foundation ‘ the Elcena Jeffers Foundation ‘ to try to make improvements for disabled...

  • Age at interview 61
  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Bryan

    Bryan was born with a visual impairment. He has also sustained two head injuries, which resulted in hearing loss and some difficulty concentrating.

  • Background

    Bryan is single, lives alone and is employed in an administrative role by a charity, which supports disabled people. Ethnic background’ White Scottish/British.

  • Age at interview 36
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Simon B

    Simon sustained his spinal injury when he was 25. He was travelling in Australia when he broke his neck after diving into the shallow end of a swimming pool. He is now a C6 tetraplegic.

  • Background

    Simon is single and lives alone. He works as a community peer support/outreach officer with the Spinal Injuries Association, supporting Londoners with spinal injuries. Ethnic background’ White British.

  • Age at interview 42
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Bridget

    Bridget sustained a traumatic brain injury twenty-one years ago in a car accident. She was travelling with her partner who sadly died in the accident.

  • Background

    Bridget lives with her partner. Before her injury she worked as a personnel manager and now volunteers at Headway, the brain injury charity. Ethnic background’ White/British.

  • Age at interview 56
  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Brian

    Brian sustained a traumatic brain injury 17 years ago when he was 33. He has no memory of the injury, but has been told a police officer found him lying injured in the street after being assaulted.

  • Background

    Brian is single, lives alone and has a twenty-three year old daughter. He used to work as a train driver, but now volunteers at a day care centre for disabled...

  • Age at interview 50
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Adrian

    Adrian came off his motorbike in 2001 and sustained a traumatic brain injury. He has no memory of the crash or the initial stages of his recovery and rehabilitation. He has successfully learned to walk and talk again, but has some memory problems.

  • Background

    Adrian is divorced and lives alone. He worked as an accountant at an investment bank until his head injury. He now volunteers at Headway, the brain injury charity. Ethnic background’...

  • Age at interview 42
  • Sex/Gender Male