July 25, 2017
This month we are proud to tell you about a brave and determined young boy who overcame a life-threatening head injury to compete at the Cholmondeley Triathlon, raising money for the Alder Hey Neuro-rehabilitation ward.
Last year, Max Dickson slipped and fell on the rocks whilst spending the day at the beach at Hilbre Island on the Wirral with his brother and cousins. He was airlifted to Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool, and remained in a coma for a month. After four months in hospital and seven operations, Max was discharged in July 2016, having made astonishing progress. He continued to recover at home, and returned to school in September where he found himself back playing football by November.
Prior to his accident, Max was keen to enter the local triathlon at Cholmondeley Castle, and his enthusiasm remained unaffected during his rehabilitation. Max completed the swim-leg of the 11-12 year-olds relay along with his cousins Mollie and Jack, who were with him at the beach on the day of his accident. Just a year ago, Max was confined to a wheelchair, so his achievement and determination are inspiring.
As a thanks to the Alder Hey Hospital for their care, Max decided to raise money for the Neuro-rehabilitation ward. Along with his brother, Archie, and friends Finn Lewis, Casper Rathbone, Cameron Moon, William Greenhalgh, Kouki Hirakawa, Bea Taylor, Rufus Taylor and Harry Taylor, they have together raised over £8,000 for the ward, with the hope of helping other individuals make the same astonishing progress following head injuries.
Max thoroughly enjoyed his race at Cholmondeley and told us that, “The swim was hard but great and it was fantastic doing the Triathlon with my brother Archie, my cousins and many friends. We are very proud to have raised so much money for the brain rehab unit at Alder Hey.”
Max is looking forward to next year’s event, where he plans to complete a full triathlon. His love of sport and positivity have driven his remarkable return to physical activity, and will no doubt fuel further success in the future.
It is still possible to donate to the team’s Just Giving page at: www.justgiving.com/triforalderhey