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A life changing journey

In 2012, Paul Spence was a victim of an unprovoked attack which led to him suffering a brain haemorrhage. Facing many of the common challenges associated with brain injury, Paul’s life fell apart and he struggled to make sense of the world as
he battled during a long, challenging recovery.

Paul has gone on to be a source of inspiration to many others that have been affected by brain injury. Since his injury, he has taken on numerous fundraising challenges, which has seen him complete a total of 22 marathons, he has scaled Mount Kilimanjaro and recently he became an Ironman.

Sharing his experience, Paul said “People are left lost, lonely, confused and vulnerable after brain injury. The injury can come with devastating circumstances and be life changing for everyone involved. I believe that following healthy lifestyle choices, along with practicing coping strategies allows me to function at my best and therefore live the most successful life I can.”

During his recovery Paul realised there was a real lack of support in the community for people affected by brain injury. Because of this, he knew there needed to be somewhere to go, a lifeline, a place to obtain Positivity,Awareness, Understanding and Love. This led him to set up the Hull based charity P.A.U.L For Brain Recovery, which opened its doors in 2016.

Each month the charity welcomes over 100 visits from people affected by brain injury. The charity provides tailored support that aims to minimise the long-term physical and emotional consequences of brain injury, helping people to regain physical, cognitive, social and behavioural function and ultimately help them feel comfortable in the world again.

If you would like to know more about the charity or how it can help contact 01482 620229 or

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