Headway-the brain injury association and the Spinal Injuries Association held their 2016 conference at the Birmingham Metropole Hotel this year thanks to their sponsors No5 Chambers who are a successful and approachable barristers’ chambers based in Birmingham, London, Bristol and East Midlands.
Under the Chairmanship of Chris Bright QC from No5 Chambers the visiting delegates heard from a number of renown presenters all specialists in their given fields of expertise, including Peter McCabe CEO of Headway and Sue Browning CEO of Spinal Injuries Association.
They also heard of personal experiences of brain and spinal cord injury from Sue Mosely and Paul Rhodes both members of the Spinal Injuries Association
The afternoon session experienced something quite different from the morning’s presentations by way of a Skype linkup with the USA, in particular Florida, where the Invictus Games were being held under the auspices of Prince Harry.
At precisely 2.30 pm the Skype link introduced Rob Cromey–Hawke sat in Florida to the audience at the Metropole Hotel in Birmingham UK.
Rob is Acting Chair of Headway Forces Support Group and now a successful athlete. This was not the case in 2012 when an explosion in Afghanistan, where Rob was serving, left the Royal Engineers Captain with serious spinal cord injuries and a traumatic brain injury. He was 29 and was told he would never be active again.
Just over three years on Rob is vice-captain of the British Team competing in the 2016 Invictus Games, the global sporting event for injured servicemen and women, he will be defending the two cycling gold medals he won in 2014 despite the fact that he had only just emerged from treatment and due to his injuries he cannot even remember winning his medals in 2014.
Rob gave an inspiring talk to the delegates in Birmingham about his journey into disabled life. Mercian Events were only to pleased to be working at the conference helping the organisers to facilitate such a memorable event.Contact us