Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Simone Followed Passion for Wildlife after Brain Surgery; Environment

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Simone Followed Passion for Wildlife after Brain Surgery; Environment

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Byline: TONY HENDERSON

SOMETIMES an out-oTONY HENDERSON fthe-blue event can prompt a rethink about personal priorities and life direction.

at was the case for 30-year-old Simone Price, who had brain surgery a year ago.

Simone lives in West Auck-Auck land in County Durham with daughters Ruby and Robyn, and partner Steven.

She said: "I was getting headaches and slurring words."

A scan showed that she had a rare condition which required surgery.

"Something like that reminds you that life is short," said Simone, who worked as an oce manager but has had a long interest in wildlife and the outdoors. "I thought if I didn't do what I wanted to do then, I never would."

" She quit her job and is now a volunteer reserves cer with Durham Wildlife Trust.

She is learning new conservations skills and tackling tasks on the trust's nature reserves.

She said: "I had brain surgery in March last year and suered from headaches afterwards, especially when I was working on a computer.

"When I decided to pursue my passion for wildlife, I was worried that the headaches would get worse, but they disappear completely when I'm volunteering outside.

"I have learned loads of new things and met so many interesting people. It's really therapeutic, and has made me feel happier and healthier again."

Simone is based at the trust's Low Barns reserve near Witton-le-Wear, which she would visit as a child.

"I loved it and it has always been my little place of escape," she said.

"I love being outdoors. It lifts your spirits, you are meeting people with a common interest, and when you have a task in hand it takes your mind o everything else..

"Volunteering also gives you a sense of achievement."

" Arts graduate Simone is combining her conservation work with running her online business Simone Price Designs, ering personalised prints, cards and family trees.

She is one of the individuals chosen to promote a new campaign by the country's wildlife trusts to show how nature is special and bene'-cial in varying ways to dierent people. …

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