The annual Parliamentary Pancake Race has been running for 18 years. Mutave Mutemi and Aimee Ren speak to its organiser Jonathan Smallman. Sub Editor: Deeksha Sharma
Jonathan Smallman was still a young man when he suffered from severe brain damage 30 years ago. At that time he was working as an Officer Cadet at the Royal Military Academy.
“It took an awful long time to get better and when it came to looking for employment again I had to try put all my experiences together,” says Smallman.
It has been 12 years since his recovery and he now works for the charity Rehab UK which helps with mental and physical disability, as an editor of publications. He was excited about this year’s Parliamentary Pancake Race and says these events are a great way of creating awareness.
Every year, more than 80,000 people and their families benefit from the supports provided by Rehab. Many of whom require additional supports, and set them on the path to further education, training and employment.