“I think Headway is lovely and I’d like to come more often”
Val was born in London and worked in a factory from the age of 16 years. She got married when she was 20 and she and her husband brought up 7 children. Val stayed at home with her children until they were teenagers when they moved down to Cornwall. They went on a holiday of a lifetime to Australia to stay with a childhood friend of Val’s, with whom she still keeps in touch. Val and Len lived happily in St Day for 8 years until Len died. Val had her stroke in 1997 and was in hospital for 8 weeks, she lives independently with support from her daughter Lyn. Val was introduced to Headway Cornwall by Lyn, who brought her along to the Truro centre when it opened in 2010. Val has been a regular attendee ever since, showing a real talent for painting and drawing.
Ley and his family lived on a boat in France from when he was 5 years old. Whilst holidaying in Greece Ley spent his 12th birthday at the beach, unfortunately he got stung by a jellyfish in the morning and in the afternoon he suffered a fall which resulted in his brain injury. He was in a coma and following 3 months’ stay in hospital came back to England, where due to his amnesia he had to relearn skills such as reading and writing and learning how to walk again. He made good progress attending Kernow School, Duchy Grammer School and then on to Camborne Technical College. He was also very involved in the local youth club and Sea Cadets. Ley is supported to live quite an independent life, attending clubs and groups such as Headway Cornwall and very much enjoys working at his local Wetherspoons. Ley is always keen to try new skills and make new friends, he is a valued member of our Scorrier group.