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Solihull music lover plays trumpet again 13 years after life-changing car accident

Sarah Mason 24th Sep, 2018

THIRTEEN years after being left unable to speak or stand due to a car accident a Solihull music lover is now able to play once again.

In 2005 Steve Rogers was hit by a stolen car travelling at speed while he was studying at Sheffield University.

The accident left him with a severe brain injury that needed surgery.

It was initially feared that Steve wouldn’t live – but against the odds, he made it.

The accident left with limited feeling in and use of the right side of his body.

Steve had tried to get back into playing following his accident but only able to use his left hand holding up a heavy traditional trumpet and operating the valves, proved too difficult.

In 2016 he travelled to Namibia with a group of other brain injury survivors to help at a rural school through the Silverlining Brain Injury Charity, which helps those who live with brain injuries and which is supported by Thompsons Solicitors.

David Gauler, from the solicitors, knew of a plastic trumpet, called a ‘pTrumpet’ and of Steve’s love of music.

He introduced Steve to Warwick Music who donated a pTrumpet.

Steve’s mum, Sue, said, “Music has always been something Steve has really enjoyed and has brought him much pleasure throughout the years since his accident.

“However, the fact this has been limited to listening and not making music has meant something has been missing.

“pTrumpet gives Steve the chance to pick up an old skill and enjoy playing music once again.”

Steven Greenall, CEO of Warwick Music Group – which developed pTrumpet and now distributes it worldwide – said: “A story like Steve’s is why we do what we do.

“Our aim is to bring music to the lives of as many as possible, whatever their age, physical ability or level of experience. We’re inspired by Steve’s attitude and wish him every success in his future as a trumpet player.”

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