Published August 2021
In August 2018, Haydn was involved in a road traffic accident where he was knocked off his bike by a car. Now aged 18, Haydn is attending Cambridge Regional College and has just completed his first year of a City & Guilds qualification in Construction Skills.
Haydn was presented with the ‘Student of the Year’ award by his teachers for his hard work and perseverance. In his blog, Haydn tells us all about it:
"I found it quite difficult when I first went back to college and wasn’t sure if it was something I wanted to do. I have good days and bad days, but you just have to keep going, and I’m really happy that I continued and have now completed my first year of a mainstream college course.
"My construction skills course included bricklaying, carpentry and joinery, plastering, painting and decorating, tiling, electrical and plumbing – but I enjoyed the carpentry sessions the most. My teacher Thomas was really helpful and I can’t wait to continue learning more about it next year.
Carpentry has always been my passion, and studying it was my main goal even before the accident.
"In September I can start my new City & Guilds course completely focused on carpentry and joinery. Hopefully this will lead to more advanced courses or an apprenticeship so I can learn on the job.
"I’ve also spent time at college relearning key skills in maths and English. This year I’ve progressed enough that they can put me forward to take my GCSE in each subject next summer. An opportunity I thought I had missed because of my accident.
"If I could say anything to other young people starting to go back to school or college after a brain injury it would be to believe in yourself! Set small goals that are achievable and try not to rush things – you’ll only get frustrated. Remember that recovery is a marathon not a sprint.
"Please try and stay positive and just keep going until you get to where you want to be. Never give up. Despite the challenges I have had in the last three year I am still determined to get my life back on track. I’m young and I want to go out and enjoy life as much as possible."
Amanda, Haydn’s mum added: “Haydn’s always had such a positive approach to everything and I’m so proud of him and all that he has achieved since his accident.
“I really believe he would not have been able to succeed at college without the early intervention of The Children’s Trust and I will always be grateful for the time he spent in Tadworth. Thank you!”
Read more about Haydn’s accident and rehabilitation journey.