Wedding joy for couple rebuilding their lives

Wednesday 2nd November 2016

Two people whose lives were changed forever by freak accidents are set to get married after meeting at a charity-run centre helping to rebuild their futures.

Alison Rose was a live-in childcare nanny when she suffered head and other injuries in a horse riding accident.

Trevor Hazell’s career as a postman was ended when he was knocked over by a hit and run car driver on his rounds.

Both are members of Centre 81 in Great Yarmouth, which provides skills and activities for 70 adults with a disability.

They met seven years ago in the centre’s dining room when Trevor made a cheeky remark as a chat-up line.

Now their growing friendship has led to them naming the day to tie the knot, with a reception back at the centre – the first ever wedding event at the Tar Works Road complex.

Alison spent three weeks on life support in intensive care after her accident at the age of 21 at Beetley near Dereham in the mid-1980s. She was taking lessons because her employer in north Norfolk wanted her to teach the children to ride.

She was in a wheelchair for a year after being paralysed from the waist down, was left blind in her left eye and with short term memory loss. Surgeons had to drill four holes into her skull to treat her head injuries.

“Before joining Centre 81 I used to just sit at home alone doing jigsaws. I enjoy mixing with people, having a laugh and a lovely bath that I cannot do at home,” said Alison.

She put Trevor firmly in his place after his cheeky chat up line, saying “That’s no way to treat a lady” but added that it “got us talking.”

Trevor, a former telegram delivery boy and Post Office roundsman, had his accident aged 18 when he was walking from his parked van to a post box to collect letters at Staines in Surrey in the early 1970s.

He was in hospital for six months and transferred to a specialist brain unit for another four months.

“It was hard work and painful doing the physio afterwards, including pulling my closed-up hand open.”

The couple got engaged at Alison’s home which Trevor shares.

“It was a leap year this year, so I proposed. Trevor was asleep and snoring, so I woke him up and popped the question – and he said yeah.

“He is a caring man and helps me with things I cannot do because of my injuries. Centre 81 is lovely and friendly but I never thought I would find a husband here.”

Trevor added: “She’s lovely, with a nice personality” 

The wedding will be at Great Yarmouth Library on November 11 before family and friends, including fellow centre members, head back to Centre 81.

Fellow centre member Michelle Osbourne, who Alison describes as her “adopted sister”, will be bridesmaid. Trevor’s best man will be brother Martin who owns the Sunnydene guest house on North Denes Road.

Centre 81 chief executive Diana Staines said: “We are delighted for Alison and Trevor. Part of our job is to help people rebuild their lives and it is wonderful that they are going to be doing it together as a couple too.”

Picture caption: Centre 81 members Alison Rose and Trevor Hazell looking forward to their wedding, pictured in the dining room where they first met.