In 2012, Paul Spence (Founder and CEO of P.A.U.L For Brain Recovery) was the victim of an unprovoked attack and suffered a brain haemorrhage. After discharge from a high dependency unit, Paul and his family faced a long and challenging recovery journey. They struggled with the devastating consequences of his brain injury alone, as they soon realised there was a lack of support available in the community.
Despite dealing with the long-lasting effects of his brain injury, Paul was determined to make the best possible recovery. Aiming to be the “best version of the new him”, Paul began practicing good coping strategies and chose to follow a healthy lifestyle which allowed him to manage his difficulties.
Paul felt he wanted to share his experience and help support others on his journey so he set up the P.A.U.L For Brain Recovery charity. He felt there needed to be a next step after leaving hospital, somewhere to go, a lifeline, a place to obtain Positivity, Awareness, Understanding and Love. In 2016, the P.A.U.L For Brain Recovery centre opened as an access point in the community to help ensure people can get the support and guidance they need after suffering a brain injury.
“After brain injury, people are often different but no less. They have a new potential to reach. At the charity, we help them get there by providing the Positivity, Awareness, Understanding and Love that they deserve.”