A year ago today Aharon was having emergency surgery for a life-threatening brain bleed after an accident on a weekend away.

Thankfully now he is well and almost fully recovered – and Aharon decided to mark the anniversary by fundraising for Camp Simcha who supported him after the surgery, as well 2 other organisations.

Aharon, aged 15 at the time, had been on a Shabbaton and was out walking on the Saturday morning when he slipped down 20 muddy steps and hit his head on a tree.

Incredibly he seemed fine afterwards and even once he got home, just a bit tired – but then his neck started hurting so his parents Michelle and Dean decided to take him to Barnet A&E.

Mum Michelle said that as soon as he got to A&E they knew something was wrong and he was rushed to Great Ormond Street.

“It turned out he had a bleed on the brain, a fractured skull and his brain had moved as a result of the impact. It was unbelievable to us that he was walking and talking.

“They operated successfully but we were all reeling from what had happened and he had a long recovery ahead. A friend told me about Camp Simcha supporting families after serious accidents and physical trauma and put me in touch.

“Camp Simcha immediately arranged transport, which was a big help, firstly while he was in hospital as my husband and I were back and forth daily while we juggled looking after our other children.

“Then once he came home it was so important because movement caused him pain so he really couldn’t travel to all his appointments by train. The transport provided by Camp Simcha meant we didn’t have the worry about the cost of that on top of everything else we were dealing with.

“Camp Simcha also sent in games to keep him busy in hospital, a little care package for us and arranged some therapy for me to process the trauma of it all.

“Having Camp Simcha there, knowing we had that back-up if we needed something and that extra support really made a difference at an awful time.

“I think, for Aharon, sharing his story to fundraise has brought closure and it means a lot to him to say thank you.”

From all of us at Camp Simcha Aharon, we are so glad to see you so recovered and so grateful for your support.