Brain Injury Marine Wins Honour

"A former royal marine who suffered brain injuries when his vehicle plunged off a cliff in Afghanistan has won an award for his bravery. Thomas Birch, from Heanor, Derbyshire, had to re-learn how to walk and talk after his Land Rover fell 100ft in an accident in November 2006. The 21-year-old battled back from multiple head and neck injuries to become a personal trainer. He has been named brain injury charity Headways achiever of the year. Incredible young man Mr Birch was serving in Helmand Province with a fellow marine at the time of the crash, which is the subject of an ongoing inquiry. He was travelling from his base to pick up ammunition stores, but is unable to remember what happened. His injuries included three fractures to the skull and serious internal damage. Mr Birch said: ""Its been very hard. I had to learn to walk, talk and write again - everyday things that people take for granted. ""At points I got very frustrated, but I always knew Id get here. ""Its an