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 year in hospital due to the extensive injuries he had sustained. My son is left with a severe brain injury, he is registered blind/severe partial sighted and has epilepsy.”
Over the last few years & the realization that there was no understanding, help or support for her son as his disabilities, mainly because they are hidden disabilities. Coming across so many other people in the same situation, which includes family members and friends, made it apparent that something had to be done in our society.
After getting together with a group of dedicated friends/people, we raised 5K to allow us to apply for our charity registration. Working relentlessly in raising funds be asking for unwanted items from our community, which in turn allows us to sell things on social media, hold garage sales and have coffee mornings, events, raffles, tombola etc.
In 2017 we opened our first charity shop in Lowestoft, due to the tremendous support we receive from our community, none of this would have been possible without the help and support from individuals, community groups and the business sector that give their time and raise money to help us continue our life changing work.