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Former Paralympics wheelchair rugby captain Steve Brown captivated the audience recently at a series of events organised by West Kent to promote mental, physical and financial wellbeing.
The events were held in Sevenoaks, Swanley and at a scheme for older people in Medway and marked Mental Health Awareness day on 10 October.
Steve talked openly about his struggles to come to terms with his injury, that was as a result of a fall from a first floor balcony when he was 24. With help from family and friends he refused to let his injury define him and, since captaining the wheelchair rugby team for the Paralympics in 2012, he has gone on to present and commentate for the BBC and Channel 4 and recently landed his dream job as a presenter of Countryfile.
Steve says:
“I really enjoyed meeting people at the Well-fest events and was pleased to share my experiences in an informal setting. It’s important to me that people can continue to strive to realise their dreams, we are stronger than we think.”
Visitors to well-fest enjoyed a number of other free activities throughout the day that included sports advice from Kent Sport, back and shoulder massages, healthy food demonstrations and tastings and advice on how to cut your bills.
Corinne Beech from West Kent who organised the event said:
“We are always looking for ways to encourage the people that live in our communities to look after their health. This gave locals a chance to learn out to do just that and have a bit of fun at the same time. We are really grateful to Steve for his time, he gave a truly inspiring talk and left us all feeling that anything is possible.”