October 23, 2020
7 Families campaign - Meet the Pickfords - a true story

7 Families campaign – Meet the Pickfords – a true story

Each year one million people in the UK find themselves unable to work due to illness or injury, according to the Money Advice Service. They thought it would never happen to them…

Income Protection is there to do one thing only – provide a replacement income if you fall ill or suffer an injury. 

Paul experienced the unexpected and it has been life-changing.

Meet the Pickfords

Paul Pickford from Bolton was fit and healthy and ran a car dealership. In November 2012, at the age of 42, he suffered a brain stem stroke while at work. He is now paralysed and cared for by his wife Vicky.

“I was taken to hospital where, for a variety of care related reasons, I spent 14 months as an in-patient. I was discharged in January 2014 paralysed from the neck down, nil by mouth and unable to speak,” Paul explained via his Tobii i-12 eye gaze computer, which speaks whatever he types.

“The money Vicky and I receive and the access Seven Families gives me to experts who can offer advice on returning to work are godsends. I have not been affected cognitively, so if I cannot return to my previous employer the plan is to start some sort of business, although it would have to be something that can be controlled mainly via computer.”

Paul was told it was unlikely he would ever eat, speak or regain his bodily movement ever again.

Mr Pickford is on the road to recovery

Against all the odds, Mr Pickford is on the road to recovery — he is able to have three meals a day, is starting to improve his speech and has got his limb movement back.

He received £27,000 over 12 months from the Seven Families charity campaign. Aimed at raising public awareness of the financial impact of long term illness or disability. The Seven Families videos were funded by a range of insurers and backed by Disability UK.

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For more information on the Seven Families campaign please click here.

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