Inspiring and supporting young people seriously injured through sport

TIM HAMES

My name is Tim Hames.  I am a pharmacist working in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire.  I am married and have three sons.  In June 2011, I was taking part in a charity cycling ride in the Peak District.  I went round a corner and clipped a dry-stone wall which flipped me and my bike into the adjacent field.  As soon as I landed, I knew someone was seriously wrong and I couldn't feel anything from the waist downwards.

After a spinal stabilsing operation and three and a half months of rehabilitaion in hospital learning all the skills needed for life as a paraplegic, I returned home.  Whilst I'd been away my wife, Donna, had amazingly organised a complete refit of our double garage into a downstairs bedroom and bathroom.  I returned to work in the pharmacy after Christmas 2011.

I have always loved all sport and at the time of my accident I was training and competing in triathlons.  I tried a few sports after my accident such as swimming and wheelchair basketball but I really wanted to get back out cycling on the road.  I approached the Matt Hampson Foundation in April 2014 explaining my situation.  After meeting Matt and some of the Foundation team, read more...

SAM APPLETON

Hear Samuel’s story from his mother Alwena. Samuel suffered a Spinal...