From BMX to brain injury

Almost 2 years ago, me and Jamie were approached by a production team to share his story as part of a documentary ‘One Killer Punch’ that airs tonight on Channel 4.
However due to decisions made by the channel, our story ended up being cut from the final edit – but the director Tim was determined to get Jamie’s story out into the world so thanks to him, The Guardian have posted the short film today, ahead of tonight’s documentary.
It’s a very hard watch but really think they have captured the essence of Jamie’s story and the journey he has been on and we hope this, along with the documentary will raise awareness of the devastation that can be caused by one single punch, aswell as what life is like living with a brain injury.
Thanks to all of Jamie’s friends for being involved and for helping him get back on his beloved BMX. This is only the beginning of his journey through a recovery that will continue for the rest of his life, but one step at a time he is working towards his goals; never giving up on the ambitions that he hopes to achieve.

The documentary ‘One Killer Punch’ is aired tonight at 10pm on Channel 4.

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‘This is Not Me’

Jamie is part of a new exhibition called ‘This is Not Me’, is a month-long exhibition of artwork from the unique perspective of people with an acquired brain injury, organised by the Acquired Brain Injury Forum for London (ABIL).
Running from January 27 to February 26, the exhibition in the Cathedral’s Minor Canons’ Aisle portrays the ‘reality of living with an acquired brain injury and challenges the perceptions of this ‘hidden injury’.
“The 20 works on display have been created by people with a range of acquired brain injuries who are learning to come to terms with changes in their lives, sometimes having to ‘get to know’ themselves and their place in society all over again. Their experience provides a unique lens on the universal themes of alienation, trauma, loss, identity and acceptance.”

Jamie’s artwork is a self portrait of him riding his BMX entitled ‘Memories’.

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