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Record label helps Norwich man in his recovery from brain injury three years ago

PUBLISHED: 06:30 15 March 2012

Dudley Garner, who has recovered from a brain injury from being hit by a car three years ago, with his wife Catriona, and their daughter, 20-month-old Isabella. Picture: Denise Bradley

Dudley Garner, who has recovered from a brain injury from being hit by a car three years ago, with his wife Catriona, and their daughter, 20-month-old Isabella. Picture: Denise Bradley

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A Norwich man has told how setting up a record label and the support of friends and family has helped him to come to terms with a brain injury he suffered from being hit by a car.

Three years ago this month, Dudley Garner and his then fiancee Catriona Shephard were both struck by a car in Westlegate, in the centre of Norwich, just after they had walked out of a bar.

Mr Garner, 30, fractured his skull and right eye socket and suffered a hairline fracture to his neck, while Miss Shephard, who is now his wife, suffered a dislocated shoulder and cracked three ribs.

It left Mr Garner, of Dragonfly Lane, Cringleford, with a permanent brain injury to his right frontal lobe which affects his short-term memory and ability to work with numbers, and he was unable to continue in his job as a financial advisor at Barclays.

He also had to give up playing football for Bradenham Wanderers, but was determined that his love of music would continue and decided to turn a music label he had set up as a hobby into a part-time career.

All Sorted!?! Records has now gone from strength to strength and one of his acts, Club Smith, has recently supported the Kaiser Chiefs on tour.

Mr Garner said: “It keeps me busy and gives me something to get up for in the morning.

“All I want it to be is a stepping stone for the acts so they can go on to something bigger and better.”

The couple, who have a daughter Isabella, who is nearly two, are in the process of applying for compensation, as Mr Garner still has to see a specialist twice a week.

He said: “If anything, the label has been a massive help distracting me from the day-to-day consequences of what’s happened.

“I have had a lot of support from the Prince’s Trust and a charity called Headway.

“My family and friends have been amazing and they are very good at noticing when I’m starting to get fatigued and telling me to rest as I suffer with mental fatigue quite badly.

“Some of the muscians I work with use their lyrics and music to work through emotions and feelings, and they have inspried me to put pen to paper and write a lot of poetry and use a diary to write down how I feel so I can reflect on it.

“I find reading it back makes it a lot easier to cope with.”

For more information on All Sorted Records visit www.allsortedsrecords.com.

Have you beaten the odds and achieved something impressive? Call reporter Kim Briscoe on 01603 772419 or email kim.briscoe@archant.co.uk.

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