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Walking Warriors Rehab Relay

A group of current and former clients of the Moor Green Outpatient Brain Injury Service at Moseley Hall Hospital have organised a relay walk, with support from BCHC Charity, to raise funds for a much needed treadmill at the centre’s gym. The Moor Green Warriors formed after clients at the centre bonded during their course of rehabilitation there. After learning that the service needed to raise funds for a treadmill, the Warriors got planning! 

Rob Cartwright, one of the main instigators of the charity walk, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2016.

“After a ten-hour operation I awoke in the intensive care unit, not really knowing who I was, where I was or what was going on,” said Rob. “I didn’t know just how gruelling my recovery would be. I spent seven months in hospital lying in bed, unable to walk or do anything for myself.”

After a lengthy stay in hospital, Rob was eventually able to return home. 

Rob said: “My house was set up with a hospital bed and all the paraphernalia that accompanied being immobile and totally reliant on others. 

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Rob (left) was delighted that he achieved his first rehab goal of walking down the aisle with husband Stuart.

"I had carers to look after me and could do very little for myself, but I was adamant that I wanted to regain some independence, dignity and mobility.”  

Rob attended physiotherapy sessions which allowed him to achieve one of his first goals; walking down the aisle on his wedding day. He wanted to achieve more, and was referred to Moor Green.

“Initially I thought it would just be a way for me to get out of the house and meet people; a bit like a day centre. What it turned out to be was a community support structure, completely geared at making me realise my potential and find ways to overcome my limitations. With the help of the team there I improved my mobility, worked on ways to improve my cognitive abilities and learned to accept that what I have is unique to me.”

Karen Wilson, sister of Moor Green client Mark Wilson, explains why she and her family are so keen to help fundraise for the treadmill: 

“Mark was 42-years-old when he suffered a large middle cerebral artery (MCA) stroke. This took everything down his right hand side; movement, speech and understanding, and we were told that Mark would never recover.

“We heard about Moor Green through the Stroke Association. Mark arrived for his initial assessment in a wheelchair but at the end of his rehabilitation, to everybody’s amazement, he walked out! We can never thank the Moor Green staff enough for their time and dedication.

“Mark was able to access a treadmill in a different area of Moseley Hall Hospital and found it to be a huge aid in his recovery, helping him to gain strength. This is why we are so passionate about fundraising for a treadmill at Moor Green itself, as the extra equipment will be invaluable to patients on their rehabilitation journeys.”

The relay walk will take place on Wednesday, 11 September at 11am in Cannon Hill Park (near the boating lake). 

To find out more about the Moor Green, visit their page on the BCHC website. 

You can also visit the Warriors JustGiving page to make a donation.