Business was booming for Keith back in 2002. The self-employed milkman had just taken over the local rounds for the Co-Op and was the busiest he’d ever been. But when an articulated lorry crashed into his milk van at 3am one morning, his working life came to an abrupt halt.
The impact of the crash had injured Keith’s brain, leaving him unable to do things he’d previously taken for granted. He was no longer able to lift heavy milk crates and his confidence
behind the wheel had been lost completely, so he was forced to give up his work.
“The thing I found most upsetting was that I felt hopeless around the house. I got tired so easily and I just felt frustrated all the time. But as a silent disability, it’s hard for people to understand this”.
A few years after his accident, Keith visited the Stourport Wellbeing Centre.
“I was expecting to see a gloomy care home, but instead I met a group of people in a similar situation to me who were going out on walks, playing sports and generally being active. I found it really encouraging and uplifting”.
As Keith spent time at headway and began to take on part-time work at a social club, he felt his confidence creeping back. Eventually, he began to attend headway as a volunteer instead and even joined as a Trustee for a while.
“I was able to offer the perspective of an ex-service user and wanted to give something back to the charity. I think most of the clients would do the same if they could”.