Rob Cracknell was seriously injured in 2012 after being hit by a motorcycle whilst crossing the road in Barcelona. The accident left him with a severe leg injury and a fractured skull requiring brain surgery and an operation to rebuild his leg. Rob had to be put in to a six-day induced coma which understandably left him feeling very confused and in denial about what had happened to him.
Following six weeks spent in various hospitals Rob arrived at Fen House, Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) centre in Ely, Cambridgeshire. On arrival at Fen House Rob was still in denial about his injuries but over the next six weeks, and with the help and support from all of the staff at Fen House, he came to accept the changes. The rehabilitation he received helped him to turn the corner and start to build back up to normal life.
Rob said “The work they did with me from psychological to physiotherapy, to just spending the time with me in normal situations talking and playing games made a huge difference. I feel that without the care and attention I received at Fen House I would have struggled to accept and adapt.”
Rob is now giving back to the service that helped him, through volunteering and he regularly volunteers at Fen House, spending time with service-users and supporting activities.
As a thank you for the help and support he received at the centre, Rob has been fundraising over the last three years and has already raised £3,000 for the BIRT by running the London Marathon!
Rob is now taking up a new challenge of the London to Paris Bike Ride Challenge in July 2017, raising £385 so far for Fen House. If you would like to help Rob hit his target of £1000
you can visit his JustGiving page.