Sound engineer Ian Threlfall
This story comes from freelance sound engineer Ian Threlfall. Thanks Ian – your donation is very much appreciated.
On the 25th March 2016, after finishing prepping a project at Autograph Sound in North London we all went out for a few drinks to celebrate finishing. After a good evening we all left separately to go home… this sadly was where my memory ends and the next thing I am aware of is waking up in hospital, attached to machines covered in blood with my girlfriend stood next to me looking shaken.
The police informed me I had been hit by a van, which didn’t stop at the scene. It appeared I had hit it head on. While the left side of my face was badly cut and bruised and I had a broken cheekbone, I was still extremely lucky not to be more seriously injured.
I was due to be working on another project the same day but thankfully some good friends were able to get it covered for me. I had another month of work for Autograph already booked, I had a 6 week minimum recovery period for the bone and my face to heal, so sadly had to cancel it all. While obviously my initial care was to my recovery, losing 6 weeks work suddenly can be quite a stress and makes you think. When will I work again? Do I have enough funds to see me through? Will I forget how it all works!?
After my stitches were removed I went to visit the Autograph team on the project I was due to be working on, and found out that everyone; both freelancers and staff at Autograph had a whip-round for me and I was presented with £500 to help me see through the cash flow gap caused by my injury. I was extremely touched and this goes to prove once again that it is the people that we work with that make this industry so great.
I returned to work after 6 weeks and was pleased to discover while not quite “match fit” I hadn’t forgotten it all! A year on and having returned to work after my injury, cash flow restored and with 2017 looking busy, I was looking for a way to keep the money given to me so kindly, going to help people who fall on hard times in our industry, when I found the charity Backup. Looking at the good work they do in supporting people just like me, I felt that they were the perfect vehicle to keep this money helping people in our industry and I look forward to continue supporting the charity where possible.