Neil, Tony, Jimmy & Gloria 


Hi I'm Neil,  I am 54 years old

I had a stroke in 2001, I was going to work and

driving down the A19 the traffic was stuck so I stopped, 

and I then had a stroke, I was taken to Harrogate hospital,

and stayed there for several weeks.

 I was unable to return to work as a transport manager as I couldn’t walk although I could still talk. I moved to great Lumley in 2015 and then had another stroke in 2016.

I then moved back to Leeds and then to Spain to be with my family where I had my 3rd stroke which was brain stem stroke, Leaving me unable to eat, walk or talk.

 I then returned to Sunderland  my home town 

Since my recovery I  became involved with the stroke association and then soon after that started to attend Headway Wearside art and social group. I then  became more involved and thought I would like to help others and share my experiences with others who have gone through the same situation as myself.

I wanted to make things better for others and talk on their behalf. 


My name is Anthony  but lots of people call me Tony.

had a motorbike accident in 1978 when  I was 21.

I suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury and a paralysed right arm.

I am a Trustee of Headway Wearside, a group I have been a

member of since it started.

I became a Trustee as I like to be involved with the group

planning and to give my opinion. 


 "his answer to why he's a trustee is that he is nosy! " 



My name is Gloria Finnigan and I worked for an Educational

charity as programme administrator, for many years when,

out of the blue, my life was changed forever.

My husband Tom had a stroke 9 years ago, which left him

with some after affects that can be seen and some which are

hidden but no less disabling.

I gave up work and became a full time career and so understand first hand the way brain injuries affect people but found our that  every brain injury is different. 

I have been involved with Headway for the last two years and have joined the trustees as I would like to give something back to an organisation which has helped us so much to understand and deal with Tom’s condition.

ST Mary and St Peters Community Project, Springwell Rd, Sunderland, SR3 4DY, Charity Number 1140910

Affiliated to Headway - the brain injury association - a registered charity

Tel 0191 5227113


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