Health and wellbeing practitioner, Graeme Snell latest beneficiary of Seven of family campaign
Graeme Snell was fit and healthy until July 2014, until he suffered a double stroke. Graeme often used to enjoy going to the park for a run; when he returned for a stroll for the first time after recovering from a stroke, the realisation that the things he had always taken for granted might never be the same again hit him hard.
The stroke has left Mr Snell unable to work since, though his recovery has led to staff describing him as a “walking miracle”.
Mr Snell said: “There is no doubt that my level of fitness helped the recovery, and I dread to think what condition I might be in if I didn’t keep fit. There are some ongoing symptoms but overall I’m keen to return to work as soon as possible.
“The money from the project will help with day to day life. I will be taking voluntary redundancy in the spring and would like to return to work in some capacity before the end of the year, which is why the rehabilitation and support also provided by the project could be so important.”
However, the ever positive father of two feels that the stroke has given him “a chance to re-evaluate” and focus on what’s important to him. The proof of his new inspirational outlook is there for everyone to see as he extols,
Graham positive outlook on life: “I’m here – so make the most of it” hopes that the support he receives from 7Families can help him understand where he is on the road to recovery and turn that positivity into something concrete.
Peter Le Beau MBE, spokesperson for the Seven Families campaign, said: “The campaign provides a tax-free income for one year and Graeme will receive £1,500 per month.
“Each family will have access to financial advice from a range of volunteering financial advisers to help with basic finances and budgeting and they will also have the opportunity to benefit from independent living, rehabilitation and counselling services.”
The Seven Family campaign has chosen its fifth family helping support another family who could have benefited from income protection insurance. The initiative which is supported by a number of insurers across the protection industry is now also supported by comparison website MoneySuperMarket.
Kevin Pratt, protection expert at MoneySuperMarket, said: “MoneySuperMarket is pleased to support the Seven Families campaign which aims to raise public awareness of the financial impact of being unable to work due to long term illness or disability.
“The project is focused on bringing to life what really happens to the family when people cannot work, and demonstrates how important it is to have appropriate protection cover in place should the worse happen.”