Because our relationship with a client continues long after a case is settled, we’re constantly hearing about the ways in which people cope with changed circumstances, rebuilding their lives with positivity and verve. Sport and other physical pursuits play an instrumental role in recovery for many people, whether or not they were considered important before an injury.
Last month, our client Mark Phipps called from a holiday in Dorset to tell us that he had just been fishing on a wheelchair accessible boat called the MV Freedom. Mark sustained a spinal cord injury in September 2012 but is already out enjoying old pursuits like fishing, albeit in a new way. He is eager for other people to know that sports and social outings are possible, wheelchair and all.
Mark is now in touch with The Bike Experience, a charity which helps injured and paralysed riders to rediscover the thrill of motorbike riding on two wheels. Founder Talan Skeels-Piggins was paralysed in a motorbike accident in 2003, and it was six years before he would ride again. But getting back on a bike gave Talan the impetus to start The Bike Experience and reach out to others like Mark who would like to ride again.
The Bike Experience offers full-day track courses at the famed Silverstone raceway at no cost to the rider, however donations are encouraged (and by all accounts warranted). The charity has a fleet of adapted motorbikes, catering to different levels and needs, and Mark plans to participate in a bike experience day as soon as he feels physically ready.
Organisations and experiences like these prove that serious injury needn’t be faced alone, and that there is much to discover after surviving something like spinal injury. Share in other inspirational stories here.