Injury that could affect any of us

The pedestrian area in Palmerston Road, Southsea
The pedestrian area in Palmerston Road, Southsea
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Last Thursday I attended An Evening of Positivity with Franklin Beckman. Raja Ali, one of the guest speakers, posed this question to the audience: ‘If you saw someone stumbling along the pavement, what would you think?’

Most of us answered ‘drunk’.

But Raja, a volunteer with the brain injury charity Headway, said it could be someone recovering from the aftermath of brain damage.

Headway is located at St James’s Hospital in Milton, Portsmouth and offers awareness and understanding of head/brain injury and support for sufferers, their families and carers.

So folks, brain injury. Don’t really want to think about that one, do we? But it could so easily happen to any of us.

On the Headway website (, I read numerous stories from people with a brain injury.

It was a real eye-opener. It happens so quickly and not only devastates the person but the lives of their whole family.

Injuries happen from cycle/motorbike/car accidents, but also from strokes, falls off ladders and even a violent sneeze.

The stories are initially heartbreaking, but all tell of their struggle, determination and perseverance on the road to recovery.

All with the help of Headway. It was so inspirational.

Just like dementia, brain injury is something we’re not comfortable talking about.

But if you know of anyone that needs help, or could spare a few hours a week as a Headway volunteer, please call (023) 9282 9032.

And finally. I know I shouldn’t laugh, but sat outside Cha Chas in Palmerston Road last Saturday, I couldn’t believe the chaos.

At one point there were cars driving both ways on the new pedestrian precinct. Shoppers were yelling at them to get off.

A driver was doing a U turn as another was reversing out of Villiers Road (which is now No Entry).

No people were actually walking because they were too scared of getting run over!