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Injured chef in charity walk to thank hospital
4:18pm Friday 16th August 2013 in News
A CHEF who was left with a fractured skull after an unprovoked attack in Ramsbottom is holding a charity walk to raise money for the hospital that saved him.
Farhad Ghassemi was attacked and kicked in the head in September last year as he made his way home from work at Ramsons restaurant.
A court heard Mr Ghassemi was punched so hard that he fell to the ground and hit his head on the road, and his head was then kicked “like a football” as he lay unconscious. He subsequently spent six weeks in Salford Royal Hospital, of which he was in a coma for three weeks, and needed surgery to remove blood clots on his brain.
The walk will take place on Sunday to raise money for the people who helped him.
Mr Ghassemi said: “They saved my life. I would have been dead if it wasn’t for them.
“The nurses did a lot for me. Most of the time I wasn’t myself but from what I have heard they were really helpful.”
The 32-year-old moved from Iran to Ramsbottom and works at Ramsons restaurant alongside his girlfriend, Louise Varley.
She said: “The nurses were incredible and we feel we wanted to raise some money to show how grateful we are for what they have done and to give a little bit back.”
Mr Ghassemi has returned to work for a few hours every week to aid in his recovery and says it is helpful to get back to some form of normality.
He said: “It is a little bit better than a few months ago. I have been at home most of the time but going to work — not being on my own and being with other people is a big thing.”
The walk will take in Strongstry, Stubbins, and Chatterton and will be followed by a potato, pie and peas at Ramsbottom Civic Hall, with tickets costing £10 for adults and £5 for children.
For more details: call Louise Varley on 07854 549 422 or Jan Varley on 07917 426 451.
l Marcus Dawson, aged 20, was jailed for five years after admitting a section 18 assault.
Aaron Warrington, aged 24, was jailed for three years and four months after admitting grievous bodily harm on Mr Ghassemi.
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