Tracey Bowler, founder of Brainwave Independence Group:
“In 2004, My son was in a road traffic accident, where he was ejected through the rear windscreen of a car. He was in a coma for four months & spent the best part of a year in hospital due to the extensive injuries that he had sustained. My son is left with a severe brain injury, he is registered blind/severe partial sighted and has epilepsy.”
Since the accident Tracey came to realise that there was little understanding, help or support for her son and his disabilities, especially within the Waveney and East Suffolk/Norfolk vicinity. Tracey was frustrated that those with brain injuries were often added to other groups who had no expertise with brain injury and related disability. Coming across so many other people in the same situation made it apparent that something had to be done in our society.
After getting together a dedicated group of volunteers, we raised £5,000 to allow us to apply for our charity registration.
Since then, we have worked tirelessly to raise funds through numerous
fund-raising events. In 2017 we opened our first charity shop in Lowestoft and due to the tremendous support from our local community we will soon be in a position to open a Day Centre. Our Day Centre, to be named “The Point” will offer support to those with brain injury and their care support network. It will also become the administrative hub of our charity. We plan to open this as soon as we are allowed to do so, but rest assured we are making plans in the background to be ready for when we can open.