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BOWRA BAG IN AUSTRALIA
We’ve just sent a Bowrabag down under.
Finally collected my Hobie Mirage Eclipse board. Psyched to get back out on the water!
ARNI TRAINING DAY
Dr Tom Balchin held an excellent ARNI training day, we joined others for an informative, hands on session (The ARNI Institute is a registered charity that provides specialist rehabilitation and exercise support to those with neurological conditions, after hospital and community physiotherapy finishes).
Another successful day presenting at The PJHQ, based in Northwood. The PJHQ commands joint and combined military operations and provides politically aware military advice to the MOD. Whilst we were there we met a person selling poppies, whose father had had a stroke. We were pleased to be able to gift a bag in order to help with his recovery.
COLD WATER SWIMMING LINKED WITH TREATING DEPRESSION
This picture was taken in The Hebrides. Following my stroke, regular gym and swim sessions have positively affected both my mental and physical health.
Read the BBC article HERE
September 17th 2018
I attend a walking football club every Monday and this week we were fortunate enough to have some top tuition from FA coaches. It was a fantastic opportunity for the team to learn some new skills.
February 19th 2018
Such a great day spent taking photos for the new website, courtesy of Oli Smith. We spent the day at Branksome Chine Beach and treated ourselves with some of the tastiest fish & chips I’ve ever had afterwards!
September 26/27/28 2018
May 11th 2018
Here I have just completed a thirty mile route on my Sprint X recumbent trike . Myself and my good friend, Stu, set off last Friday at 6am and cycled for three hours around Poole Harbour. The trike was partially funded by Help For Heroes, and was custom built by Ice Trikes to suit my requirements. I have also competed in the Royal Marines Rehabilitation Triathlon, which took place last month.
HEADWAY ‘WAY AHEAD’ CONFERENCE
29th June - 1st July 2018
The Way Ahead is an annual event that brings together representatives from groups and branches across the UK and Channel Islands, along with professionals with an active interest in the work of Headway to enjoy a weekend of learning, sharing and socialising in a relaxing and welcoming environment. We received really positive feedback for Bowra bag- another step in the right direction!
Updates from Mark and his family
I’m Mark Bowra, a retired Royal Marine Officer.
Following my stroke, I am focused in not only improving my own health, but also the health of others who may experience similar difficulties. In this blog my aim is to share weekly updates, of which topics might include the latest in scientific research and technology, sport and exercise, mental health, and personal entries from myself- documenting my own experience of brain injury.
THE HEADWAY FOOTBALL TEAM
It was fantastic to meet Pam and Al Sutton, the forces behind Troop Aid.
‘’When service personnel are injured either on training exercise or in combat operations they are admitted to hospital without any of their personal effects or clothing.
It costs £30.00 to make up one of our GRAB BAGS, enabling wounded servicemen and women to walk off the plane or arrive at a hospital bed with dignity at a time of personal crisis.
Our GRAB BAGS are handed to injured service personnel in over 27 locations worldwide. In addition to this emergency pack we also supply on demand to the injured service personnel many other items of clothing and footwear such as tracksuits, hoodies, fleeces and trainers.’’
Troop Aid operate similarly to BowraBag- both offer a bag of useful items designed to help those who are injured.
October 31st 2018
Stu and I met up with the team at Performance Health in Nottingham. A successful morning presenting the Bowrabag!
September 17th 2018
A productive afternoon at BWT physiotherapy- BWT kindly let us use one of their rooms to shoot some pics for Bowra bag.
August 21st 2018
An important day for Bowra bag- here we are at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.
Since 2001, the main treatment centre for military patients seriously injured has been the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine (RCDM). We have left nine bags at the hospital and await feedback from patients and their family members. I went to The University of Birmingham, so know the area well, however, it has changed a lot since my uni days! We were lucky enough to stay at Fisher House- superb accommodation for military patients and their families, within walking distance of the hospital.