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The inciting incident


Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Cass and I am the founder of H4H.  In 2013 I became mysteriously ill - the doctors had no idea what was wrong with me, and my health continued to deteriorate.  I was forced to leave my job and social life and eventually became completely housebound.  

This image shows Cass, the founder of Headsets for the Housebound. He has shaggy brown hair and a matching goatee, and wears a dark blue button-up shirt and black framed glasses.  He looks off to the left with a half smile as if lost in thought. Image © Rhiannon D'Averc

Fast forward five years to Christmas morning. I sat in my living room, surrounded by decorations I had been too ill to help hang, peeling the paper off my present from my wife.  She got me a VR helmet in the hopes that I might lay in bed and be off on a deep water dive, or lounging on the beach, or floating in space - anything but staring at my ceiling like I had been doing for years on end.  What neither of us realised at the time was that this was a turning point in my recovery.

VR became a distraction from the pain I lived with every day. It became a way for me to sit up for longer periods of time and eventually, a way for me to safely start moving my muscles again.  It gave me something to look forward to each day, a way for me to escape my four walls. And with movement came gradual progress towards recovery.


Today I still need regular rests, and sometimes my illness still has me stuck in bed for extended periods. I still use my wheelchair, and I’m still sick.  But I have my independence and a quality of life that was unthinkable for so many years.  VR has been such a huge part of that recovery and I recognise what a privilege it is to have the funds to be able to access it.  Now that I am well enough, I have started H4H to ensure that others can have the same tools.  Recovery should never be about what you can afford.

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