Lincolnite of the week: Andy Nicholson – The Brain Damaged Baron

When Andy suffered a head injury in 1994, doctors told him he was lucky to live.

But with short term memory loss, constant headaches, epilepsy and coordination issues – daily life can be a struggle for Andy Nicholson.

Ever the optimist, The ‘Brain Damaged Baron’ is trying to build something positive from his experience.

On his website, Andy has built a community around his disability. There he makes videos talking about what it’s like to struggle with an invisible condition and hopes his dialogue can create an awareness of people like him.

Now he’s gone one step further – literally – as he attempts to tackle a marathon for charity and he wants you to walk with him.

Andy and his wife Sharon enjoy long walks and are taking that one step further with his marathon on Sunday.

The walk will begin in Leadenham and back from the Plough Pub in Bracebridge, Lincoln at 10 am on July 1.

He hopes that other people can get sponsored to join in and walk their own marathons, be that 26 miles or 26 steps. It doesn’t matter as long as awareness is being raised.

His ambitious mission has already touched people from across the world, with participants walking their own simultaneous marathons in America, Australia and even Ibiza.

Andy aims to raise £1,000 from the effort for brain charity Headway and is more than halfway towards his goal. You can support him on his Just Giving page.


Lincolnite of the week is part of an ongoing series telling the story of the city through the people of Lincoln. Do you know someone deserving of the spotlight? Contact the news team on [email protected]