A MAN who sustained a life-changing brain injury 16 years ago has officially opened a new charity shop for the organisation which helped re-build his life.
With his family by his side, Manny Galsinh, 52, from Shirley cut the ribbon at the entrance to the new shop which opened on Tuesday on New Road, Rubery.
Manny suffered a brain haemorrhage in November 2000 which led to a stroke and other complications. This left him with a devastating brain injury and unable to walk or talk.
He said: “I’ve had the most amazing support from Headway over the last 14 years and I’m pleased to return the favour by helping launch their new venture.
“Before my brain injury, I had everything – a lovely wife, two young sons and a career in IT, but our whole world was suddenly turned upside down. I lost the use of the right side of my body and found myself in a wheelchair.
“Headway has been a key part of my recovery. I can’t tell you what a difference this has made to both me and the rest of my family.”
Manny now walks unaided, his speech continues to improve and he leads a full and active family life.
Along with his wife, Satwant, and his sons, Hardeep and Gurdeep, he has been a staunch supporter of the charity over the years.
Sue Tyler, Chief Executive at Headway Birmingham & Solihull, added: “We are delighted Manny agreed to formally open our new shop in Rubery. It is only a stone’s throw from the brain injury unit on Great Park in Rednal and we hope it will help raise funds fpr our specialist programmes and awareness of the work we do.”
The opening hours for the new shop at 183 New Road, Rubery B45 9JP are Monday to Saturday from 9am – 4.30pm. Anyone wishing to volunteer or make a donation can email firstname.lastname@example.org or drop by to speak with managers Rachael Baynham or Sue Wilcox.