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Focus on Brain Injury

Introducing... Edward The Superhero

Edward Buckley was a student at Leeds University training to become a pilot when he was knocked down by a speeding taxi driver whilst crossing the road. He suffered a traumatic brain injury and was not expected to survive.

After regaining consciousness from a six month-long coma, Ed spent almost two years in hospital and had to relearn to walk and talk again. He battled through months of rehabilitation and recovery which allowed him to return to full time education, graduating with a degree in Aerospace Technology.

Determined to get stronger both physically and mentally, Ed successfully completed the Half Superhero Triathlon Solo at the Superhero Series as part of team Irwin Mitchell in August 2017 and he loved it so much that he came back for more this year.

To aid his recovery further, Ed has now taken up rowing and is currently training and hopes to compete in the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo.

Ed Buckley

From a bleak outlook following his brain injury, Ed has managed to surpass the expectations of his doctors and his future now looks bright with his passion for all things sport assisting in his rehabilitation.

Following the accident, Ed was assessed as needing help to manage his property and financial affairs and the Irwin Mitchell Trust Corporation Limited was appointed by the Court of Protection to act as his professional deputy. Ed has since made such wonderful progress on his path to recovery that he has now been discharged by the Court of Protection and manages his own finances.

This is a great result for Ed and all of the “team Ed” professionals around him. His bravery, determination and strength of character is an inspiration to us all and we wish him success in every aspect of his life ahead.

Thanks for being part of our Superhero Tri team again!

Superhero Tri 2018

We were super proud to once again be an official partner at the Superhero Tri which took place at Dorney Lake in Buckinghamshire on Saturday 18 August.

Irwin Mitchell at SuperHero Tri

The inclusive event, which was established by Paralympian Sophia Warner, removes some of the restrictive rules which often deter people from challenging themselves through sport. The Superhero Tri encourages anyone with a physical or mental disability to take part, and allows them to use any equipment they need to get as far as they feel able to around the course.

The day was a truly spectacular one with everyday superheroes, who perhaps have had to face some of life’s toughest challenges, competing alongside sports stars and Paralympians in a challenge which viewed all participants as equals.

As part of our support for the triathlon, we were delighted to take a team of enthusiastic inclusive sport supporters to participate in the challenging course.

Welcome… Captain Alfie

“I was so proud to be a captain at the Superhero Tri and it was amazing to see so many people getting involved and having fun. I just hope that together we inspired others to see how super they really are.”

Alfie Hewett

Irwin Mitchell’s Superhero Team

British number one wheelchair tennis player Alfie Hewett was named as our celebrity team captain and battled the elements to set a searing pace in the cycling. Alfie was born with a congenital heart defect, Tetralogy and Fallot and had open heart surgery when he was just six months old. At the age of six he was then diagnosed with Perthes Disease, which is a rare condition affecting the hip. Despite his challenges Alfie doesn’t let anything get in the way of his sporting goals.

Another key part of our brilliant and bold Superhero team was 14 year-old Halle, who was supported by her sidekick family. Halle sustained a Group III Erb’s palsy during birth, which resulted in nerve damage to her right shoulder and arm, causing issues with her balance.

Despite the challenges she faces, Halle has been practising karate for the past seven years which has helped massively with her confidence. She’s worked tirelessly to work her way up to a purple belt and compete against able bodied children. Halle loved challenging herself in the Superhero Tri and embraced every second of it.

We loved being part of such an awe-inspiring day and it was amazing to meet so many inspirational individuals achieving their goals with a smile on their face and a friend by their side.

Look out for our favourite photos from the event which we will share in the next issue.

If you or someone you know would like to take part in a future Superhero event, you can find out more at superheroseries.co.uk.

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