Andrew lost his sight and experienced a traumatic brain injury, following an accident at work. Andrew was able to remain in his own home, living with his daughter and Guide Dog, Georgie.
He had already worked with another Case Manager before appointing Louise in December 2018.
Prior to his accident, Andrew owned a Harley Davidson motorbike and enjoyed riding out around the country with friends. He visited theme parks where he sought out the fastest roller coasters and regularly took a ride on the speedboats at the coast. Andrew missed the adrenaline activities he enjoyed before his accident and felt that he would never again ride a motorbike or drive a car.
Louise became aware of a charity group run by a group of Honda Goldwing owners and decided to get in touch and see if there were any opportunities available to Andrew. They kindly offered a day where they would drive to Andrew’s house and take him to a well-known biker’s café on the back of one of their bikes.
This was organised as a surprise to Andrew so Louise worked closely with his family, therapy team and Support Workers to ensure the day could go ahead and put in place the required risk assessments and event plan. Andrew’s Support Worker sourced suitable safety clothing and his daughter arranged for a helmet to be borrowed from a biker friend then spent several weeks trying to keep the secret!
Andrew called Louise on his return and recounted the day in great detail. It had given him a new sense of adventure and he was keen to take part in similar experiences. He enjoyed the day so much, Andrew decided he would like to raise funds for the biker group’s chosen charity – The Yorkshire Air Ambulance – and Louise supported this, helping raise £200 from Andrew’s network.
Pursuing Interests and Achieving Goals
Following a company networking event, Louise became aware of racetrack day run by the charity, Speed of Site who make it possible for people with varying disabilities to take charge of a race car. Andrew has since attended 3 race days and has a new ambition of becoming the fastest visually impaired driver in the UK!
Andrew’s Guide Dog, Georgie is a huge part of his life and is vital for his rehabilitation and path to independence. Andrew decided to take part in a sponsored swim to raise funds and say thank you to them for the support they have provided. He agreed to swim 100 lengths in a month and worked with Louise to draw up a plan for how he would achieve this. Through planning and discussions with Andrew’s Physiotherapist, it was agreed that he would be supported by his team to swim 25 lengths per week at his usual pool visits.
Andrew was sponsored by his Case Manager, Solicitors and therapists which gave him the motivation to complete the 100 lengths in just two weeks, raising over £500 for The Guide Dogs.
Andrew is now working towards furthering his independence by working closely with Georgie and is seeking a new property to meet his needs. He continues to attend the racetrack days and still working towards the aim of being the fastest visually impaired man in the UK!