THANK YOU

I cannot properly express the gratitude I feel for the way people are coming together to help me realise my dream. I dream of independent freedom.

I thought freedom would forever be out of my reach. Being reliant on an electric wheelchair is very restrictive; steps become your nemesis, electricity a necessity. The other option is to be completely dependent on somebody pushing me in a manual wheelchair. Both the options will not allow me to traverse rough terrain. Not that I MYSELF am doing any traversing, I am just sat there, motionless, feeling disconnected to the world passing me by. I thought this would always be the case.

I moved down to the coast because I love the sea; I loved walking across the beach, felt connection and relaxation for my soul. After my attack, I had resigned to never being able to do this again. I grew up playing on Ilkley Moor – again, I thought this would forever be out of my reach. I love nature, used to love family outings walking through the forest. But no more. Can you imagine never being able to enjoy the things about this world, that mean the most to you? I have to live with this dark tragedy every day. Until recently, when there was a glimmer of light. Below is a picture of me, taking MYSELF through Ashridge Woods:

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I hired a Mountain Trike for the weekend. It was like a dream come true! I took MYSELF over ROUGH TERRAIN, through an environment I never thought I would be part of again. I only had it for the weekend, so didn’t get the chance to do a fraction of the amazing things I’d like, but the possibilities to propel myself to my dreams are ENDLESS. I need this fantastic piece of kit in my life and thank everybody IMMENSELY for helping in so many ways to make this happen. My mum has set up a campaign HERE to raise funds for it. I have trouble comprehending how generous people have been already, both in donations and in sharing it around. I am eternally grateful. It is so true that “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction”. Seven years ago, I experienced the darkest parts of humanity. Now I am experiencing the brightest parts.

Thank you.

About Nick Verron

Lead Ambassador for the Royal Bucks

Posted on October 20, 2016, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 113 Comments.

  1. you couldn’t be more welcome Nick. Hugs

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  2. Ditto what David has said. I told your mother that it was a great pleasure and it is. I feel the same about the sea and am now living in Bembridge on the Isle of Wight where you are welcome at any time. x

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  3. Some people are worthy of the support Nick! 😊

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  4. You deserve it.
    Just checked on the campaign page and it’s nearly £1,000 already – in one day! Well on the way to the target. Brilliant.

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  5. Reblogged this on Musings on Life & Experience and commented:
    Nick has found a way to do many things in nature he enjoys but needs equipment. His post explains.

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  6. How wonderful that the trike can take you to places that you love, Nick. I wish you all the best. 🙂

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  7. It’s a privilege to help warriors such as yourself.
    Best wishes
    Roger

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  8. Nick, your words touched me so deeply. Of course, I am so sorry that this happened 7 years ago. But I am so happy that you experience the opposite too! You are not only a wonderful person, you are one of the greatest (ad I know that I repeat myself here) role models I know in overcoming obstacles.

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  9. Nick you deserve your dream to come true help and support from us your friends is in the name of the love we have for you! I am sharing whenever I can your story! I wish that The Montain Trike Company that made this amazing Trike would step up sponsoring you donating one and making you their Ambassador as a role model and great example of hope! ❤

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  10. You deserve the best Nick you are a hero!

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  11. you are very welcome )

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  12. Wow, Nick, after only two days, you are 20% to your goal. You’re gonna do this thing! 🙂

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  13. You’ll get there and we’ll all be cheering you on. I have no doubt. You’re fabulous and so is your Mum!

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  14. Reblogged this on Sue Vincent – Daily Echo and commented:
    As the campaign reaches a thousand pounds, Nick is eloquently speechless…

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  15. I’m so happy for you – you’re an inspiration! I have no doubt the campaign will be a roaring success, and you will soon have that freedom you crave and that direct connection to nature that feeds our soul in ways nothing else can. Huge blessings, Harula xxx

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  16. Thank you Nick for who you are –

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  17. Nick, I have a son who is severely brain injured and a quad. It is my pleasure to try and help you. May the creator bless you and fulfill this need.

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  18. You are a continuing in inspiration to many, in ways you might not realise! So happy for you!!

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  19. I just got a powered bike head that goes on the front of my chair and works like yours to adapt my manual chair..went iver grass no prblem …it has given me freedom as yours will do … good luck with your campaign

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  20. You deserve every bit of joy that comes your way, Nick. Best of luck with the Go Fund Me campaign.

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  21. Everything will work out better than you ever expected! ❤

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  22. You are so welcome. I hope it works out for you!

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  23. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Nick Verron is an inspiration to us all and we can only marvel at his adventures. Now he needs us to get behind him and give him a little extra push so that he can realise his dream of enjoying environments we take for granted.. countyside, hillsides and mountains.. please read the post and if you can help give that extra push there is a link to the fund that will provide Nick with a three wheel chair… thanks

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  24. Reblogged this on Haddon Musings and commented:
    Pam talked about today being National Make A Difference Day. If you feel motivated to make a difference in someone’s life today, I suggest helping Nick.

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  25. Nick, its very good to hear from you, and to hear about the success of this bike – I hope it all works out for you. I particularly feel for your words “I am just sat there, motionless, feeling disconnected to the world passing me by.”, that’s very well put, that really gets through to me. Good luck! Adrian

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  26. Reblogged this on pearsnotparsnipsdotcom and commented:
    Today is Make A Difference Day and having already recently decluttered my wardrobe and sent the items to the hospice shop, I wondered what I could do. I switched on my iPad and began catching up on The Reader posts. The first one was a second post about Nick’s blog and this seemed the answer. 7 years ago, Nick was left for dead after an unprovoked attack by a group of teenagers when he refused to buy them cigarettes. He was stabbed through the skull with a screwdriver and was not expected to survive. Nick has an extraordinary spirit and determination not only to survive but to Live and has made Herculean efforts to retrain his brain and body when the medical profession gave him no hope of doing so. He can’t propel himself in a manual wheelchair and an electric one is too heavy for travelling. He enjoys being outdoors and has found an all-terrain chair that would give him so much freedom to enjoy the trails and beaches he loves to explore. His mum has set up a crowdfunding campaign to help him raise the £5000 needed to buy one. Please help by sharing this post or making a small contribution. My own son was also the subject of an unprovoked attack by teenagers outside an off-licence and left for dead. He too was lucky to be found by a stranger – a policeman – and taken to hospital. Fortunately, he survived and recovered fully. I am grateful for that and this is my way of passing that forward.

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  27. In many respects, Nick, there’s no need to thank us. We should be thanking you for sharing your story and inspiring us. You’ve made a great start with the funding. Let’s keep the momentum up

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  28. Reblogged this on graemecummingdotnet and commented:
    Normally, I try to keep reblogs to a minimum, and am certainly not inclined to bang on about the same thing over and over again. But to every rule, there have to be exceptions. And when you have an exceptional person in exceptional circumstances to share with the world, rule breaking is definitely on the table. If you can support in any way (even kind words are appreciated), please do

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  29. Your determination is inspiring. I’m so pleased to see such support for you and to be a part of helping you realize your dream. I love this last line: “Seven years ago, I experienced the darkest parts of humanity. Now I am experiencing the brightest parts.” You’re amazing. ❤ Good luck and best to you, Nick.

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  30. I agree totally with Graeme. Standard WordPress.com reblogs don’t work well for my readership – many with “invisible” disabilities, including needing formatting help to stay focused on what they are reading.

    So my personal “exception” is an article I have just posted [ “Nick: A Personal Triumph over Brain Damage”]. I pieced it together from a few others about this quest (and some from the past) – including links to other inspiring pages, most written by your mother. I hope that, not only will it help you reach your funding goals, spreading your story will inspire many others with challenges of their own – especially those who are on the brink of giving up. It has certainly inspired ME!

    Onward and upward!
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
    – ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder –
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”

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    • Wow, wow, WOW! What you are doing may well help me raise some funds, and for this I thank you. But what you are doing to help and inspire others, and the compassion with the which you are doing this, is ABSOLUTELY PRICELESS! When I read something like this out of the blue, I’m filled with joy. I have always striven to help others face this nightmare that I am successfully battling. To have someone do this on my behalf makes my soul smile. You are an angel 🙂

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      • And people like YOU are the wind beneath my wings.

        I support so many people who are discouraged to the point of giving up, hardly daring to believe that they can recover even a tiny bit of functionality missing or lost. Stories like yours give them a new perspective on what’s possible.

        Since I have always done so much of what I do without payment, I frequently struggle to make ends meet (more than I care to admit). If I had the money, I’d buy the darned thing FOR you. My post on your newest goal (with the background of your story) is my contribution to your efforts.

        I hope it will inspire many others to give whatever they can – and maybe even a few to give generously.

        Onward and upward!
        xx,
        mgh
        (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
        – ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder –
        “It takes a village to transform a world!”

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        • Thank you very much for the amazing article on your page. If there’s ever anything that I can do to help in your inspiring others, please don’t hesitate to ask. Maybe this article I wrote might help encourage people?
          https://nickverron.com/2016/03/10/views-from-an-injured-brain/

          One of the most reassuring things I heard when I was on the verge of giving up came from an “unconventional” source, but the wise words were, “Anything is possible. It’s what is allowed that is not.”

          xxx

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          • THANKS. I may be calling on you before you know it!

            I might change the word from allowed to “supported.” The availability of authentic support (vs. “tough love” comments that aren’t saying much beyond “try harder, lazy” or “you’re not doing it right”) is frequently the difference I see in those who are drowning and those who are, effectively, swimming the English Channel.

            I’ll add the link to the article (in your response) to my post about you – and may quote some of your points in articles to come (with attribution and link, always).

            xx,
            mgh

            xx,
            mgh

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            • I wholeheartedly agree. I don’t think I had any more determination to overcome my adversity than many people. The difference was that it was magnified EXPONENTIALLY and then maintained by those around me, using the infinite power of positivity. I was then enabled to channel it through non-standard, “outside the box” support. xx

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            • Funny you should say so. I just edited the bottom of my post about you, adding your quote about HOPE under the heading “For those of you struggling with brain injuries yourselves” – going on to say, “In case you are thinking that Nick is some miracle man made of different stuff than you and I, think again.”
              xx,
              mgh

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    • By the way, I have trouble maintaining attention with large bodies of text. You probably know this already, but I find text-to-speech software overcomes this. I use NaturalReader.

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      • Do you have to “teach it” — that was my biggest stopper with early versions of some of the T-2-S software.

        Altho’ I read faster than most people can talk, I do know that staying tracked on text is a struggle for many of the people I support.

        I do my best to help – with formatting and white space – so at least folks don’t have to struggle through endless paragraphs of text.

        Frequently it’s simply not possible to get my points across without some explanation and encouragement, despite the length. I edit down, post – and pray that the info. will be worth the attempt — to some, at least.

        btw – WPress counts the stuff at the bottom — repeated info-text and Related Content — so my articles are an average of 500-800 words shorter than WordPress says they are.
        xx,
        mgh

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    • It has inspired me as well

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  31. Reblogged this on TINA FRISCO and commented:
    Nick Verron has traveled the emotional spectrum ~ from joy to despair ~ from walking through nature on his own to being confined to a wheelchair that restricts. He’d resigned himself to the latter until he recently experienced the Mountain Trike. Now all he needs to be independent once again in his travels is the money to buy one. Please help if you can… ❤

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  32. Dearest Nick, you are a brave and beautiful soul, thank you for being you and never giving up your dreams. I live before a sacred mountain in south India and focus solely on my spiritual novels and meditating — and so, every morning, as part of my practice, I send out healing energy – and you are now on my personal list. Much love!

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  33. You have one fabulous attitude, Nick. Sending hugs and may everything good come your way.

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  34. Wonderful Nick and you are most welcome.. Never give up on those Dreams.. And they are now manifesting yet again and are achievable.
    Love and Blessings..
    Sue x

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  35. I was recently paralyzed Nick, and that chair looks awesome man where did you get it how much was it? I’m an avid hunter and fisherman so I really need a chair like that!!

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