MANY in Formby and Aintree will be
cheering on former Royal Marine Reservist, Alex
Krol, aged 33, who will be taking part
in this year's Invictus Games in Orlando, Florida. The games are part of
rehabilitation for many injured servicemen and women. This has been an amazing
time for Alex, who battled to overcome the impact of sustaining a C4 (High
Cervical Nerves 4) spinal injury in a car accident that happened in 2005. The T4
injury is one of the most severe of the spinal cord injury levels you can have
and as a result it had left him paralysed, with no ability to move from high up
on his chest down. This means he has been left wheelchair bound for the rest of
his life. But with help and support, from his wife, friends and family, along
with medical professionals, he has not let this hold him back. Last year, in
2015, he was set to fly into Southport and took control of an aircraft to fly it
off after the Southport Air Show. He has also taken up sports and this active
life is not only helping him to keep healthy, but also helping him to deal with
his disability and the post traumatic stress that comes with it. Just before he
headed off to The Invictus Games, we had the honour of interviewing him and you
can hear it here, by pressing play below. We will be adding a transcript soon of
this interview as well. If you want to know more about The Invictus Games please
visit the following links:-
Prince Harry says he hopes The Invictus Games will:-
"inspire people" affected by mental and physical illness to seek help.
From what we know of Alex, he is an inspiration to us all, as are all those
taking part in The Invictus Games. We hope Alex does well at the games and we
wish him the very best of luck. We also want to publicly say congratulations to
him and his wife Jayne Krol, who won the
Miss Merseyside title in 2003, on the news they are
now expecting their 1st child very soon!
Charity challenges people in
the North West to become more deaf aware
DURING Deaf Awareness Week that took
place between 2 May 2016 and 8 May 2016, national charity Action on Hearing Loss
has urged people in the North West to become more deaf aware to ensure people
who are deaf or have hearing loss are not being excluded from everyday
interactions that their hearing peers are taking for granted.
1 in 6 people (11 million) across the UK are currently living with hearing loss,
with the number set to rise to one in five by 2035. However for many of them
going to work, managing money at the bank, using public services and taking part
in social occasions can still pose an unnecessary challenge.
To mark Deaf Awareness Week this year the charity has run a social media
campaign tearing up society's assumptions and turning the spotlight on the
incredible things deaf people and people with hearing loss definitely can do.
Paul Breckell, Action on Hearing Loss chief executive said:- "What is
clear is that with the right support available, hearing loss by itself is not
preventing people from achieving their dreams and being equal members of
society; the only barriers in their way are the ones that often stem from the
simple lack of awareness around their communication needs. I would
encourage all those living in the North West to follow the simple tips below to
ensure that no one is excluded from everyday interactions and help us build a
more equal society for all."
The charity is promoting the following top communication tips:-
► Make sure you have the person's attention before you start speaking.
► Enquire about the person's preferred method of communication.
► Chat in places with good lighting so that you can be lipread and where there
is no background noise.
► Face the person and speak clearly, using plain language, normal lip movements
and facial expressions.
► Check whether the person understands what you are saying and, if not, try
saying it in a different way; never say:- "don't worry about it."
► Keep your voice down as it's uncomfortable for a hearing aid user if you
shout; and it looks aggressive.
► Learn finger spelling or some basic British Sign
► If you are a business owner, check that simple equipment such as hearing
loops, which amplify speech over noise, are in working order and that your staff
have received deaf awareness training.
For more information or advice on hearing loss contact the Action on Hearing
Loss Information Line on:- 0808 808 0123 or send an email to:-
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