Brain damaged man needs a friend

Volunteer group’s search for someone to help unlock Seaton accident victim’s memories

A BRAIN damaged man being cared for at a Seaton nursing home desperately needs a friend.

An SOS has gone out for a volunteer to spend time with the 47-year-old patient who suffered a devastating head injury.

Experts say that while all his physical needs are more than adequately catered for he lacks the social stimulus he needs by one-to-one contact with a friendly visitor.

Now officials at the East Devon Volunteer Centre are making it a top priority to find someone who fits the bill.

Co-ordinator Sandra Chapman admits it is quite a challenge, especially as the ideal person will be able to speak French or German and have knowledge of London.

She said: “Somewhere locked in his brain is knowledge of these two languages and at one time he also lived in the capital. We are looking for someone to stimulate these interests. The nursing home contacted us to see whether we know of someone who met the bill but at the moment we can’t find anyone in this area.

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“It doesn’t have to be a big commitment – just once a fortnight would be good – but it can make a big defence and things can grow from a small start. The volunteers can get a lot out of the relationship, too, the rewards are immense for befrienders who get a huge feeling of wellbeing.”

Anyone who thinks they can help this particular patient is asked to contact Mrs Chapman on 01404 549045 or e mail her on

She also wants to hear from people who would like to sign up as general befrienders for isolated people in Seaton, where there is shortage of such volunteers. The ability to enjoy a chat, cup of tea and maybe a walk is all that is needed.