Celebrity supporters

Guy Martin

“I’m putting my support and tea drinking enthusiasm behind Spinal Research’s The Big Brew campaign and want to ask motorcyclists to get involved and do the same. I was lucky that I wasn’t paralysed when I broke the vertebrae in my back at the Isle of Man TT in 2010, but not every rider is as fortunate as me. Taking part in the Big Brew can make all the difference to people living with paralysis.”

Guy Martin
Motorcycle racer, TV personality and Ride Out Ambassador

 

 

 

Claire Lomas

“I started riding with the Cottesmore Pony Club as soon as I could walk but I never imagined that I would be paralysed at the age of 27 from a fall from my horse, Roland.”I support Spinal Research because I’ve seen how their research can make a difference to people who are paralysed. I am still working hard on my rehab, as they have already proved that it’s critical for me to keep my body moving and build up strength in my core muscles. The hope that Spinal Research gives me really boosts my motivation to achieve my goal – to walk again.”

Claire Lomas
London Marathon competitor 2012 and Saddle Up

 

Mary King

“I was very lucky to walk out of hospital when I broke my neck in a fall in 2001. Not being able to walk, let alone ride is a frightening prospect and I am fortunate enough to be one of the lucky people who recovered. There are many people whose luck ran out, which is why I am urging you to support Spinal Research.”

Mary King
British Olympic equestrian sportswoman and Saddle Up Ambassador

 

 

 

Nick Skelton

“I’ve been competing as a professional international show jumper for many years and have competed at six Olympic Games. But in September 2000 I broke my neck in an innocuous fall during my round in the International Trial at Park Gate Horse Show in Cheshire. In one short moment, my life and riding career could have changed forever. Many horse riders aren’t as lucky as me, which is why it is so important to support the work of Spinal Research. By supporting Saddle Up for Spinal Research you are joining me to give hope to the thousands of people who live with paralysis in the UK – thank you.”

Nick Skelton
Olympic Gold medal showjumper and Saddle Up Ambassador

 

Steve Plater

“When I started supporting Spinal Research’s Fight Back appeal, I couldn’t foresee that I would have an accident myself. I broke the vertebrae in my neck while competing in the North West 200 – it’s amazing how, in just a few seconds, your whole life could change.

“I was so lucky that I didn’t damage my spinal cord. But I know that for a lot of people, this is something they can only dream about. Spinal Research is moving into a critical and very exciting phase – out of the laboratory and into clinical trials to develop treatments for people living with paralysis.”

Steve Plater
Motorcycle road racer and Ride Out Supporter