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When Phil Crulley went into a coughing fit, he had no idea how it would change his life for the worse.
After slipping a disc in his back the 53-year-old was left in excruciating pain, became bedbound, while for months his family became his full-time carers.
His daily pain meant he couldn’t stand up, walk, work, drive or lead an active life, and Phil dreaded every day.
But now, after corrective back surgery, he has completed a 50 mile walk along the Northumbrian Coastline and 80 miles along Hadrian’s Wall and has started to enjoy life again.
“A simple cough during a bout of bronchitis was the bolt out of the blue that caused my prolapsed disc and saw my world come to a shuddering halt,” said Phil, of Cramlington, Northumberland. “But now I’m back to normal and I love getting up every morning.”
Phil’s back problems started decades ago and after spending thousands of pounds of chiropractors, physiotherapists and acupuncture, he eventually had surgery for a prolapsed disc in 2002.

Companies from around Tyneside and Northumberland will be battling it out after being named on the shortlist for the first heat of the North East Business Awards.
Businesses from around the region will compete in 12 categories in the Northumberland and Tyneside taking place at the Grand Hotel at Gosforth Park on February 28.
The event is the first of three heats, with later events taking place in Durham, Sunderland and South Tyneside; and on Teesside, before the winners from each heat then compete in the overall regional final at Hardwick Hall, near Sedgefield, on May 16.
The coveted company of the year prize will be contested by Gateshead IT firm Aspire Technology Solutions, Blyth robotics company Tharsus Group, and Transmission Dynamics, an Internet of Things company based in Cramlington.
Other companies up for awards include Egger, Fentimans, Newcastle United and Coleman James.
The North East Business Awards are staged by The Journal and The Gazette in association with North East England Chamber of Commerce and a host of sponsors.

A charity which transformed a bus into a mobile children's 'classroom' will see its creation enjoy the national spotlight on TV this weekend.
The Success4All charity raised £55,000, kitted out a double decker bus and completed its ambitious project within just four months - just in time to earn a place on Channel 4's George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces programme this coming Sunday.
Its initial idea - to create what's said to the UK’s first ever mobile learning bus - captured the attention of Sunderland-born architect George Clarke whose popular show celebrates projects which convert small spaces into big achievements.
After the education charity sent Clarke children’s drawings of their vision - a bus packed with equipment to promote a child's development -  it soon received a call from Channel 4 expressing interest in the conversion for an upcoming episode of the show.
But a tight filming schedule meant that the charity - cash-strapped at the time - had just one month to raise the funds to get the project under way.
But goodwill tends to breed goodwill and it was another local good cause, engineering charity Reece Foundation, that stepped in to save the day, with an initial £30,000 donation enabling the Success4All team to buy a London double-decker bus in time for the first day of filming with Clarke, whose architect projects included designs for housing last year at Smith’s Dock  in North Shields.

Plans to convert a former social club in south-east Northumberland into an apartment block have been submitted to the county council.
The application, by Blue Heron Property Developments Ltd, relates to the former East Hartford and District Social Club, on Scott Lane, to the north of Cramlington.
The building currently features a pub and one self-contained flat, with the aim being to reduce this to two bedrooms and create a further seven two-bedroom apartments.
Four of the new flats would be at ground level, with the other three on the first floor, one of which would be a maisonette with its second bedroom created in the roof space of the existing building at second-floor level.
The scheme requires work to the outside of the building in terms of creating new windows, as well as improvements to give it 'a residential appearance', but there would be no extensions or additional buildings.
The outside space is to be developed to provide parking and service areas to serve the new flats, including a covered and secure store for eight bicycles and bin storage.

New car parking charges have been brought in at hospitals across Northumberland and North Tyneside - with Cramlington seeing the biggest rise.
From Friday, parking at Northumbria Healthcare hospitals, including North Tyneside, Hexham and Wansbeck General as well as Alnwick and Berwick Infirmary, will cost:
The new charges will result in a steep increase in cost for people who attend Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, in Cramlington, where the previous charge was a £1 flat rate for the day. Drivers will now have to pay the new rates as outlined in the table above.
The old charges at the other Northumbria Healthcare hospitals were:
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust says these changes have been made following repeated reports that some car parks – especially at the Cramlington hospital – are being misused by the public as a cheap 'long stay' alternative when they go on holiday or shopping.
Les Morgan, interim director of estates and facilities at Northumbria Healthcare, said: "We know that attending hospital can be a stressful time so we need to make parking as straightforward and easy to use as possible, which is why we have introduced consistent pricing across our sites.

The North East is outperforming the rest of the country in caring for new mothers, a new survey suggests.
The national maternity survey for England - which asked more than 17,600 women about their experiences of pregnancy and birth - found a drop in the standard of care offered to new mothers on NHS wards nationally.
The poll, from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), showed a mixed picture overall, with many women saying positive things about their care during pregnancy and the actual birth, but a decline in the proportion of women who felt supported after labour and who got help with things such as breastfeeding.
But while no trust received the highest rating of much better than expected’, three of the nine trusts categorised as 'better than expected' were in the North East.
City Hospitals Sunderland, Northumbria Healthcare, and Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS trusts were all given the second highest rating in 2018.
Gateshead and County Durham and Darlington trusts scored 'about the same' as other trusts overall.

A man has been taken to hospital after two cars crashed on the A1.
Police were called at around 9.10am on Wednesday morning to a report of collision on the A1 northbound between Gosforth and Seaton Burn roundabout.
A silver BMW 330E and a white Mercedes had collided and two lanes had to be closed while the vehicles were recovered.
The driver of the BMW was taken to hospital with what are believed to be minor injuries.
A spokeswoman for the North East Ambulance Service said: "We were called at 9.12am to reports of a road traffic collision on the A1 between Gosforth and Seaton Burn.
"We dispatched a double crewed ambulance and transported one patient to Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington."

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