Charlie Morrison – Peer Support Champion – North East, Yorks & Humber
Hi my name is Charlie Morrison and I one of the Peer Support Champions for the North East, Yorkshire & Humber and I oversee all the Peer Support Champions throughout the UK.
I have a great philosophy in team building, being very positive and motivating others around me and working in unity. My previous work experience includes being a Support & Outreach Development Officer with clients with severe drug and alcohol problems, developing them to their highest possible outcome in life. I also studied to be a counsellor for three years.
I had a car accident on 8 October 2019 and it resulted in fracturing and breaking my spine at the L4 L5, needing an emergency operation to fit metal rods along my spine and remove the splintered bone from my spinal column. I spent 8 weeks in the James Cook Spinal Unit in Middlesborough. With intensive daily physio I learned to walk again and I started the process of coming to terms with and dealing with Cauda Equina related symptoms, ranging from bowel and bladder dysfunction, severe nerve pain, numbness, cramp and spasms.
Upon returning home, I started my own support group of the Spinal Unit inpatients who I had met during my recovery and this in turn led me reaching out to the Cauda Equina Association. Claire Thornber (Founder of CESA) asked me if I would consider being the Support Champion for the North East which led to me organising and hosting regular face to face Support Group meetings in the North East. My main purpose is now spreading awareness to hospitals and medical practices about Cauda Equina Syndrome.