Tom Kerr had the whole world at his feet when he was struck by a car at just 27 years old.
Having just graduated from university with a degree in sports coaching, he was living with his partner, Louise, and was on the cusp of his dream career coaching primary school children in sport when he suffered a serious brain injury in a road traffic collision.
Tom was so badly injured, doctors believed that even if he survived, he would face years of rehabilitation and therapy before he could speak, walk or live independently. But just three years on from the hit-and-run which almost ended his life, we caught up with Tom in 2016 and to our delight he told us that he had returned to sports coaching and bought his first home with his fiancé. Let’s find out what has happened since then.
Fast-forward five years
Tom is now happily married to Louise, who has been by his side, and such a crucial presence throughout the trauma of his brain injury and the difficult rehabilitation that followed.
He’s also exceeded the expectations of his family and medical professionals to train for and run the London Marathon raising an amazing £3,300 for Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People, as a thank you to the team who helped him get back to work and to the job he loves.
“I think my passion for sport helped me get through my darkest moments. My focus was always getting back to sport, getting back to coaching and, of course, getting back to Louise.”
Through his love of sport, Tom has also become an advocate for our Don’t Quit, Do It campaign, which aims to show how sport can help with rehabilitation from serious injuries and we were delighted that Tom and Louise enjoyed the wheelchair rugby championships at The Copper Box Arena with us.
Tom continues to gain more independence and get back to his former self each day, which is testament to his strength of character and determination to succeed. We wish both Tom and Louise all the best for their bright future.
Tom raised £3,300 for Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People in the London Marathon
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