The legacy of a paralysed Yorkshire schoolboy, who inspired thousands through poems he composed by blinking, has been marked by NHS bosses in Leeds.
Adam Bojelian, 15, was born with cerebral palsy and later lost the ability to move and talk. The only way he could communicated was through blinking.
He painstakingly penned poems by blinking to indicate letters of the alphabet to his mum Zoe and his work drew global acclaim from the likes of Hollywood star Ewan McGregor.
In tribute to the late poet, who died last March, health service high-flyers involved in the NHS Confederation have unveiled a plaque in his honour at the Horizon Leeds conference venue at Brewery Wharf.
It comes after Rob Webster, NHS Confed chief executive, commissioned a poem from Adam in 2014 which he delivered to its national conference.
Not only did ‘Leadership’ get a standing ovation but later Mr Webster realised that Adam had weaved his name into the work.
He said: “It was a privilege to know him. What he gave us in the NHS was the wisdom of his experiences and a no-nonsense voice that we all needed to hear.”
A variety of Adam’s poems were reproduced in the Horizon Leeds room, which hosted a party of Adam in 2014 and is now dubbed Adam’s Place, at the plaque unveiling last month.
Due to his condition Adam spent a lot of time in hospital and wrote about what made good hospital care in his blog, Blink of an Eye, which was picked up by NHS bodies.
The ex-Tadcaster Grammar School pupil, of Bilbrough near York, passed away on March 24 last year due to sepsis which is triggered by infection.
Zoe Bojelian, Adam’s mum, said: “It is a real honour that his poetry and blogs touched so many lives.”
Visit twitter.com/Adsthepoet for more on Adam or to donate to his family’s fundraiser in aid of the UK Sepsis Trust visit justgiving.com/AdamBojelian15.
‘Leadership’ by Adam Bojelian
This rhyme is a puzzle, as you will see,
This rhyme tells what a good leader should be,
A good leader respects the young and the old,
A good leader observes and is prepared to be bold,
A good leader is brave and will try something new,
A good leader works hard and gives praise when it’s due,
A good leader expects the best from all staff,
A good leader brings happiness and shares in a laugh,
A good leader supports patients and gives them the best,
A good leader teaches staff to be ahead of the rest,
A good leader explains if something goes a miss,
A good leader rejoices in times of great bliss,
If you study this rhyme and look very close,
You’ll discover the leader I admire most.