Tonbridge and Malling MP, Tom Tugendhat, is delighted to be lending his support to the Lifestyle Health Foundation, a new social enterprise being established in Kent, with a mission to teach how lifestyle health can help heal and prevent Acquired Mind Injuries*.
As Tom explains, “my interest in this important work stems from my life experiences in the British Army when I served on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and, most recently, as the military assistant to the Chief of the Defence Staff.” It was only a few months ago that Tom received a round of applause in the House of Commons for an emotional speech concerning the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. In that speech Tom told MPs, as events in Afghanistan unfolded, like many veterans, he had to “struggle through anger, grief and rage”.
The Founder and Co-Director of the Lifestyle Health Foundation is local Tonbridge resident, Dr Neil Bindemann. Neil experienced an acquired mind injury when he underwent urgent neurosurgery in 2015 and was subsequently given the news, he would be living with a brain tumour. “For me, setting up the Lifestyle Health Foundation is about recognising the tremendous value of learning through lived experiences, and I am thrilled to have Tom’s support. I look forward to our ‘In Conversation with….’ live webinar in the April”.
The webinar which you can register to attend by going to www.lifestylehealth.org.uk, is to take place in the evening of Friday 22nd April. It is hoped that Foundation Co-Director and ex-BBC Radio 4 news presenter, Diana Speed, will join the conversation. Diana, who went to school in Kent, was herself in the news when in March 2020 it was reported that she fought “back tears during a bulletin about a British woman who died on holiday in Bali after contracting coronavirus”.
To learn more about the work of the Lifestyle Health Foundation and the two other co-Directors, Graham Stephen, and Neal Anderson please do visit the various other pages on our website.
A link for book your place at the free to attend Lived Experience webinar will be going up soon here or from the main Reception.