David met up with Tom on June 30 following a meeting in Rome. In the three weeks since he had last seen Tom there has been great progress. David says “I found Tom using the new voice recognition software, and preparing a new post for the blog. Raj came with friends and Tom entertained in the courtyard. It was a great day. After travelling to Leamington to complete Oliver’s move out (his time at Warwick has come to an end) I returned to Stoke Mandeville. Raj came back with Laura and they discussed ways to raise funds for the PTF (the Laurafest). I then went to Heathrow to meet Gillian, Josie and Lucas flying in from New York. Sunday night we stayed with our friend Sarah in London, then Monday we went, with Oliver, to see Tom. This was the first time Josie and Lucas had seen him after the accident. They were gentle with Tom and enjoyed the gym, the computer and the wheelchair. He was pleased to see them. Later in the afternoon Maria and Peter Leisinger, their daughter Claudia and her partner Lee visited Tom: Freddie and Antony also came in from Oxford. We had a great time all together…and it was so good to have Maria and Peter there. They brought great music and treats. They stayed at the Olympic village and came back again Tuesday. Later Monday evening we had a great take out Chinese meal in Jimmy’s. Tuesday afternoon we drove to my sister Ruth’s where J and L met with their cousins – I also saw my mother Joan. Wednesday we travelled to Cambridge for lunch with Stephen Hawking and his daughter Lucy (who Gillian met 10 years ago when they were both pregnant and attending antenatal Yoga in Clapham). Stephen welcomed us: we also spoke at length with his support team and carers (Joan, Simon, Nicky and George). He has sold us his old Chrysler van and we drove it back to Aylesbury to show Tom. Ollie said to Stephen Thanks for seeing us and for selling us your car. it will be really helpful for getting Tom out and about during his recovery. Stephen said You are welcome and I wish him the best. it will be difficult but he will make it. On Saturday July 7th Ellen and I travelled with Tom to the 777 live electronic music festival in Aldershot. Olle and cousin Nat, and many of Tom and Ollie’s friends were there. We had a great time listening to psychotrance, hard trance, and more…Tom heard at least one of his favourite DJs and Infected Mushroom were impressive too. Tom got back to the Centre quite late. As I write this, Sunday, we are about to go back to New York. A great week. Thanks Tom, thanks Ellen, and thanks to the great team at Stoke Mandeville” Click here for the first video. … and click here for the second.