Wisbech group helping people with brain injuries become less isolated and grow in confidence

Greg Brassett and his son Charlie.

Greg Brassett and his son Charlie. - Credit: Archant

A prolific marathon runner who was born with a brain tumour has teamed up with friends to set up a support group in Wisbech for people with head injuries.

Gregg Brassett 32, from Lakes End, spent his childhood in and out of hospital and unable to take part in sport due to hydrocepahlus, a build up of excess fluid in the brain.

He had the tumour removed in 1993 and although he has not had any more serious tumours since, he suffers severe headaches which render him unable to move and make him feel very sick.

But he refuses to allow his condition to stop him living an incredibly active life - in the past two years, Mr Brassett has taken part in seven half marathons, two marathons, four 10ks, two five milers and a ten miler.

The friendship group is backed by Cambridgeshire charity Headway, which puts on activities to help rehabilitate people who have suffered brain injuries.

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They run a course at the Ferry Project’s Octavia Cafe called Let’s Take Action on Tuesday mornings from 10.30am-12.30pm for people with brain injuries can meet and talk.

It was here that Mr Brassett met other people affected by brain injuries and the idea of a friendship group, which meets afterwards, was born.

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He said; “The course has made a really big difference to all of us. It has helped us grow in self esteem and confidence.

“Our group is not just for people with brain injuries - their carers, families and anyone affected are also welcome.”

To find out more about the course and the friendship group contact the Ferry Project at 01945 429300 or Headway at 01223 576550

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