A Northamptonshire charity formed by a woman who was left in constant agony following a car crash has donated more than £1,550 to help a hospital team deliver chronic pain relief.
A Way with Pain was the brain child of Great Doddington woman Julia Kelly who was left with spinal injuries following an accident in 2005 and was left suffering from chronic pain every day.
Her condition was managed with medication, which caused drowsiness and lethargy. Sadly in 2014 she took her own life.
However the charity is now being run by her father David Kelly, who has recently helped it to raise £1,550 for Dr Vasu Thanthulla, consultant in pain medicine, the Pain Team at Leicester Hospitals.
Mr Kelly, who is a trustee of the charity, said: “I am delighted to be able to make this donation on behalf of ‘A Way with Pain’ and that the charity is able to help the Pain Team at Leicester’s Hospitals to further help those under its care.”
Mr Kelly said patients who suffer with chronic pain can look perfectly healthy, though statistics suggest th condition affects one in seven of the UK
Speaking about his daughter’s battle with chronic pain, Mr Kelly, said: “Being told your treatment has reached the end of the line and this is as good as it is going to get, it’s a hard thing to accept.
“The consequences of her condition meant Julia lost her job, her home and her relationships.
“Losing everything and having nobody believe there is anything wrong with you, is a very lonely place to be.”
Though Julia died in 2014, she devoted the final months of her life to establishing the charity.
Using her own experiences Julia set out to help people in similar circumstances.
The charity runs a website where people affected by chronic pain can source the latest news about developments in pain management and also take part in a discreet forum to share experiences.
It also provides funding to help sufferers receive the best possible treatment for pain management.
“There is currently no complete cure to completely take away someone’s pain,” Mr Kelly added.
“But both ‘A Way with Pain’ and Leicester’s Hospital’s Pain Management Team are committed to do all they can to make it as good as it can be.”
Julia’s full story can be found at www.awaywithpain.co.uk