A Norfolk potato consultant has won national praise after battling back from horrific head injuries he suffered in a 30ft fall four years ago – including retraining his sense of smell.
As Chris Hill reports for Eastern Daily Press, Tim Kitson shattered his skull, thigh bone and wrist after plunging from an elevated walkway onto the concrete floor of a potato store which he was inspecting in November 2019. The seven fractures to his skull caused a bleed on the brain – with one of the lasting effects being an altered sense of smell.
“The first year I was useless, I didn’t know anything. But now I can go back into the store and understand what is happening. I am still learning and retraining my brain, but my client base has remained very loyal to me and I can only thank them for that.”
In addition to his rehabilitation efforts, Kitson has also been a source of inspiration for others facing adversity. This determination and attention to detail was recognised with a national prize at the British Potato Awards earlier this month. Mr Kitson won the “Storage / Refrigeration Achiever” category.
An awards submission from one of his clients, frozen potato products manufacturer Lamb Weston, praises his ability to “get under the skin” of storage sites, supporting the development of new technology and “never being afraid to go against the accepted norm” – all while “maintaining a positive outlook despite some dramatic challenges both professionally and personally.”
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Photo: Norfolk potato consultant Tim Kitson has won a national industry award – four years after breaking his skull, thigh and wrist when he fell 30ft onto the concrete floor of a storage building. Credit Tim Kitson via Eastern Daily Press.