Open letter: Spinal Cord Injuries Awareness Day 2017
Spinal Cord Injury in the UK – a huge thank you to families, fundraisers and supporters
Every eight hours somebody is told they will never walk again – due to a spinal cord injury.
Paralysis is something very few people worry about – until it happens to them. There are currently 50,000 people in the UK and Ireland who are paralysed due to spinal cord injury.
On 19 May 2017, five charities will mark Spinal Cord Injuries Awareness Day – Aspire, Back Up, Spinal Injuries Association, Spinal Research, and Spinal Injuries Scotland.
Spinal cord injury affects every bodily function – and mental health. Many people live with long-term pain. The majority of people use a wheelchair due to paralysis, though some are able to walk.
There are other implications: the worry that working, socialising, seeing friends and taking part in sport may not be possible. But with the right approach these things can happen. Between us, our five charities are working to help the 50,000 people and their families affected by spinal cord injury, enabling them to lead independent and fulfilling lives, and researching treatments.
In uncertain political and economic times, this work is more important than ever. Thanks to the support of fundraisers, our work includes:
Advice; peer support; residential courses; sport and outdoor activities; and outreach staff working with people as they adjust to life with a spinal cord injury
Practical help navigating benefits and healthcare packages, finding adapted and accessible housing, applying for grants for equipment, and wheelchair skills training
Campaigning for specialist health and care services to meet the needs of people with spinal cord injuries
Funding research into effective treatments for spinal cord injury, working with top neuroscientists across the world
Specialist support for children going back to school
Courses to support people into work following injury
We want to mark Spinal Cord Injuries Awareness Day 2017 by saying a huge thank you to all our donors, fundraisers and volunteers. To find out more visit:
www.aspire.org.uk / www.backuptrust.org.uk / www.spinal.co.uk / www.spinal-research.org / www.sisonline.org
Brian Carlin, CEO, Aspire
Louise Wright, CEO, Back Up
Sue Browning, CEO, Spinal Injuries Association
Dr Mark Bacon, Executive and Scientific Director, Spinal Research
Roslyn Scholarios, General Manager, Spinal Injuries Scotland