Baldock slimmer’s fight back after brain injury and coma inspires Weight Watchers group to tackle three-mile sponsored walk in aid of Headway

Julie-Anne Farman with Philip and Heather Good and Baldock Weight Watchers meeting.

Julie-Anne Farman with Philip and Heather Good and Baldock Weight Watchers meeting. - Credit: Archant

A Baldock slimmer’s rejuvenation following a severe brain injury and coma has inspired his group to hold a three-mile sponsored walk this weekend in aid of a charity that helped him get his life back.

Heather and Philip Good with Julie-Anne Farman.

Heather and Philip Good with Julie-Anne Farman. - Credit: Archant

Philip Good was seriously injured in 1998 when a propeller cut through the back of his head, and his wife Heather and children Stuart and Sarah were called to say their goodbyes.

But miraculously Philip did recover after a six-month coma, and at Addenbrooke’s Hospital he learned how to talk, write, read and walk from scratch with the help of brain injury charity Headway, for which his wife Heather is now a volunteer.

“It took me two years to learn to read, regain my self-esteem and feeling of worth, as I felt I was a burden to Heather and my family,” said Philip.

“I attended Headway Cambridge three days a week, which gave Heather a much needed break and I could work on all areas of my recovery and rehabilitation. They helped with every aspect of getting my life back.


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“They even helped me go back to college and relearn my computer skills which is so important for me to be able to keep in contact with friends and family.”

Heather has been Philip’s carer since the accident, and last year they both joined a Baldock-based Weight Watchers group run by Julie-Anne Farman – who has been so inspired by them that she now wants to help give something back.

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She said: “I thought they were inspiring people for learning about healthy eating, portion control and wanting to help other potential members see great success by sharing tips and ideas, despite everything else that was going on in their life.

“I wanted to raise as much awareness as possible for the fantastic help and support Philip received from Headway, but I also wanted to do something that everyone could be a part of, not just members.

“This walk was a perfect platform – plus as Philip keeps reminding me, I will earn plenty of fitpoints too!”

The charity walk will start next to Satchells Estate Agents in the High Street at 10am on Saturday – anyone is welcome to take part.

For more call Julie-Anne on 07837 732732, or just come along on the day to cheer the walkers on.

To make a donation see headway-herts.org.uk/how-you-can-help-us/donate.

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