Christian is now 29 years old and suffered a severe brain injury during his birth. His injuries resulted in him suffering from epilepsy as well as various physical and mobility issues, which have subsequently meant that he has to wear an epileptic helmet at all times, and use a wheelchair in order to gain mobility.
Julia Lomas, who heads up the Court of Protection team at Irwin Mitchell, was appointed to act as Deputy for Christian in January 2008, in order to look after his property and financial affairs. Irwin Mitchell continues to provide Christian with support and assistance going forward, from a range of teams including Conveyancing, when assisting him with the purchase of his home.
Christian, lives in Cambridge and enjoys a range of activities of which he engages in with his mum. He’s determined to live his life to the full, regardless of his disabilities, and spends his time attending festivals and participating in a range of arts and crafts activities.
The first episode introduces Christian and his family, including Vicki, his mum who explains Christian’s support needs and the benefits of having the Irwin Mitchell Court of Protection team working with her and Christian.
Christian began his journey with Irwin Mitchell when the Clinical Negligence team secured a financial settlement for him who assists in supporting and meeting Christian’s on-going medical needs. Due to Christian’s severe medical requirements, a team of four carers are employed to care for him 24 hours a day, alongside significant support from his Mother Vicki.
In the second episode looks at the role of Christian's support workers, and particularly Matt who has worked with Christian for ten years. The supporters help Christian at home, during his leisure time and whilst at engaging in his work as a disability consultant. Matt explains how the role of a supporter is assists Christian both practically and emotionally and enables him to live his life to the fullest.
Queen’s Birthday Honours
Christian was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2016 for services to people with complex and severe disabilities in the East of England. This honour recognises Christians work with charities and as a freelance consultant advising on policy for social inclusion based on his own experience. We are sure you will all join us in sending warm congratulations to Christian on this well-deserved recognition.