In this special episode of Stewarts Soundbites, Emma Lyons spoke to Allan Clayton, a counsellor and coach.

Allan was a promising young footballer who was only 17 when he sustained a spinal cord injury in a road traffic accident. He was told there was only a 5% chance that he would be able to use his limbs again. Against all the odds, he excelled in his rehabilitation and walked away from the spinal unit.

After pursuing a personal injury claim, Allan struggled to manage his compensation and found himself investing in failing businesses. He battled with his disability and depression and began drinking and taking drugs.

Twenty-one years later, Allan is an inspiring and motivated coach and counsellor. In this episode, Allan took us through his journey, his problems after the settlement of his injury claim and the turning points in his life. He discussed what support he thinks would have been valuable to him following his injury, his ongoing challenges and provided some top tips for those working with and supporting catastrophically injured individuals.

See the recording below:

About the speaker – Allan Clayton

Allan has been working as a counsellor since 2016 dealing with a variety of issues and also for the NHS on a spinal ward. Allan also deliver sessions on wellbeing for large corporations, community groups, local councils and many more.





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