Year 10 Brain Recovery Talk
On 23 May Year 10 were lucky enough to listen to Paul Spence share his incredible story. In 2012, Paul was attacked without provocation whilst out with friends and family. This resulted in him suffering a frontal lobe brain injury “which absolutely blew my life to pieces on every level you can imagine.” He faced a long and challenging journey, which tested every aspect of his life. In the last 5 years, alongside his recovery, Paul has established his own charity (P.A.U.L for Brain Recovery), set up a Brain Recovery Centre in Hull and run a number of marathons.
In addition Paul is also a mentor to others recovering from brain injuries and yesterday he was accompanied by Bethany who at 22 years old has spent the last few years trying to “get her life back.” Bethany was incredibly inspiring, speaking for the first time to a group of students, she bravely read her speech and everyone was overwhelmed by her perseverance and determination.
Year 10 left the room feeling “grateful” and “overwhelmed by their strength and positivity” and we had some amazing feedback from them..
“The talk was inspiring I feel grateful for the small things”
“The talk helped as my cousin became ill earlier this year and as a result has lost certain skills that a child should have, by hearing this talk I feel inspired and hopeful”
“It showed me how much we need to do for brain injury survivors in our community”
“It was personal and hard hitting. It showed how cruel life can be and how we need to be grateful”
“I will never forget this talk. It took real bravery to stand up and share such a story. You have inspired me”
“It was very informative I feel a great sense of gratitude”
“It was eye opening and motivating. You have helped so many people achieve amazing things”
“You’ve made me realise I need to have a more positive outlook, I need to persevere more and never give up on my goals”
“The talk helped me think about what other people go through that you don’t always see.”
“The talk made me realise I need to appreciate the little things in life”
“The talk has made me want to do more and help people in difficult situations”
Thank you to Miss Brownell for organising this very valuable experience.