Law firm sponsors Paralympic protégé

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Lawyers agree sponsorship deal for Paralympic hopeful in a bid to reinforce the importance of road safety and support of those suffering with brain injuries.

Dominic Hurley, who lives in Rotherham with his wife Doreen and 10 month old daughter Nina, suffered a severe head injury after falling off a moped in 1994. Studying at Birmingham University, Dominic was living near Ayia Napa in Cyprus for his studies when the accident happened. He said:

"I was actually travelling very slowly when I came off the bike – only suffering minor grazes and cuts to my body so it shouldn’t have been a big deal. But because I wasn’t wearing a helmet the blow to my head caused paralysis down my right side, a substantial memory deficiency and slight speech problems. The paralysis has eased with therapy over time, but I still walk with a limp."

Dominic – Brain Injury Victim paralympic hopefulDominic, 37, has been defying the odds and cycling for over five years; participating in several races and charity events. Most notably, the ‘Le Tour de Asda’ in 2006 saw Dom travel to three supermarkets in his area and ride in store – covering 3639 km over 23 days and raising nearly £12,000 for brain injury charity Headway – The Brain Injury Association. Altogether Dom has raised over £50,000 for various charities.

"Headway – The Brain Injury Association is an amazing charity and they have supported me throughout my recovery period and beyond," said Dom. "The work they do for those suffering from brain injury and their families is amazing."

Dominic now hopes to compete alongside the world’s finest at the London Paralympic Games 2012. Cycling is not an adapted event, and participants will compete under the same rules and conditions as their able bodied counterparts at the Olympic Games. Dominic hopes to compete in the 239km road race.

Simpson Millar’s sponsorship will cover everything from tracksuits to race hospitality from now on and until after the games as Dominic embarks on a gruelling training regime.

Neil Fearn who is the National Head of Neuro Trauma at Simpson Millar said:

"We are delighted to sponsor Dominic in his bid for the Paralympic Games. Of course the first thing we bought was a good sturdy helmet!"

"As Dominic’s story clearly highlights, wearing a helmet could mean the difference between life, serious injury or death. Of course when an accident does happen we are there to help ensure the future care of the individual and their loved ones. "

"Dominic is a real inspiration and we all wish him the very best of luck. But regardless of how he does in the Games, he is already a winner."

Dominic added:

"I am so pleased that Simpson Millar has agreed to sponsor me – the money is a huge push towards realising my Olympic dreams and I only hope I’ll do my supporters justice come 2012."

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