An Ashby volunteer who was forced to rebuild his life from scratch after sustaining a life-changing brain injury has opened a new charity shop to help other families affected.
Chris Crutchlow, 40, was given the honour of cutting the ribbon and declaring the new Headway charity shop open for business at 60 Market Street, in Ashby, on Tuesday 25 August.
Chris had been riding his bike to the local shops when he suffered a near-fatal brain haemorrhage. Despite being rushed to Tamworth Hospital to receive emergency treatment, Chris tragically suffered yet another brain haemorrhage while in hospital and spent the next three weeks of his life in a coma.
Thankfully, Chris began to show signs of improvement, though he was left him with a devastating brain injury that would go on to challenge him for years to come. As part of his rehabilitation, Chris eventually began volunteering with the Headway Donation Centre where he supports the charity's van driver, Dan Hardwood, with stock collection and deliveries.
Chris agreed to open and subsequently support the new Ashby store to mark the 20 year anniversary of sustaining his brain injury.
"I'm still recovering from my brain injury and even now I have occasional balance issues," said Chris.
"I really enjoy helping Dan on our van route to the local Headway charity shops and I would love to see people coming along to support our latest venture in Ashby to help us provide better services for others affected by brain injury.
"Whether you are a survivor of brain injury, know someone who has been affected by brain injury or just want to support a good cause in your free time – everyone is welcome."
Carol Tennet, Head of Retail at Headway, said: "The new shop marks a very exciting time for the charity as it means we can reach out to more local families living with brain injury. Anyone who would like to donate or become part of our dedicated team is very welcome to come along and find out what Headway is about."
Phil Randle, Partner at Salloway Property Consultants who helped the charity secure the Grade Two listed premises, added: "Ashby is an expanding and popular market town and there is a large demand for retail shops.
"As a Grade Two listed building, this property in particular actually forms part of the town's Conservation Area and received significant interest and competition. We are delighted that Headway's offer was successful and we have enjoyed working with Carol and her team during this transaction. We wish the new Headway shop the very best."
To volunteer or donate, please visit the Headway shop at 60 Market Street, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire; or call 0153 056 4949.