Dad inspires son’s fundraiser for Leeds’ Daniel Yorath House

Inspiration: Paul Nolan pictured with his father Tony.
Inspiration: Paul Nolan pictured with his father Tony.
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A devoted son has organised a fundraising day to thank the charity which is helping his father live with a severe brain injury.

Paul Nolan, 30, was so moved by the care his father Tony, 56, has received at Daniel Yorath House in Garforth, organised a fun day at the Barnbow Social Club, near Crossgates, to give something back.

His dad has been living at the centre since January after a brain seizure left him unable to speak - four years after a fall caused initial damage to his brain.

Paul, a barber at City Gent in Leeds city centre, said: “He had his first fall and was in a coma.

“After that he started having brain seizures.

“He got back to 80 per cent though but then he had a big seizure which scrambled his brain.

“He was put back into a coma and lost his speech.

“It’s very frustrating for him. He tries to speak but he can’t.

“Every now and then you can try and work out what he says.

Praising the specialist centre’s work he added: “The centre has been great though, looking after him and all the others there.

“It’s like school - I can’t go and visit him until after 6pm, because they’re in lessons and speech therapy, trying to help them to live independently again.

“It’s a really good place.

“I wanted to do something to help them.”

Paul’s fundraiser took place last Sunday, with a charity football match, raffle, auction and barbecue at the Barnbow Social Club.

***Daniel Yorath House opened in 1992.

It is a specialist centre for the rehabilitation for people with brain injuries. It was named after Daniel, the son of the former Leeds United star and Sheffield Wednesday manager Terry Yorath and brother of TV presenter Gabby Logan, who died tragically that year at the age of 15 from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy while playing football in his garden, just after he had signed for Leeds United.

The unit was the first set up by the Disabilities Trust, which now has a national network of centres operating as part of the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT).