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Patient at Spinal Injuries Centre marries her partner at the hospital

The Spirit Trustees were delighted to learn of the wedding of Tricia Lorenz, a patient at the North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre (SCIC), who married her partner of four years, Steve McEntee at the centre. Tricia, from Wrexham, has been a patient at the SCIC (based at Southport hospital) for seven months following a medical

Disabled man wins court case after dispute with woman over wheelchair space on a bus

SPIRIT was pleased to learn that Doug Paulley has been successful in his Supreme Court case against FirstGroup Plc. However, it is disappointing it is only a partial victory. Service providers will have to do more than ‘request’ those occupying facilities provided for people with a disability and ‘require’ that able-bodied people vacate wheelchair spaces

Man who was left paralysed after fall has his life is saved by pet dog

Spirit trustees were interested to learn of this story of an American man who spent 20 hours lying paralysed outside his home earlier this month after recovering “amazingly” thanks in part to his dog. The treating neurosurgeon, Chaim Colen said the man, who wished only to be identified as Bob, would likely have died if it hadn’t been

Lack of wheelchair access on train causes needless embarrassing situation

Blog by Jonathan Fogerty, Trustee of SPIRIT: I was very moved by this news feature. Is it not a shocking indictment of the UK in 2017? I have been a wheelchair user for nearly 30 years and when I look back at the facilities that were available when I first became a wheelchair user, it

Six day trek ‘Beyond The Grand Canyon’ fundraising for SPIRIT

In 2015, Pauline Mearns unfortunately broke her back. Despite suffering an injury at T12 & L1, she went on to make a remarkable recovery after a long and intense period of rehabilitation. Now, a year later and wanting to give something back to the spinal cord injury community, Pauline is embarking upon another remarkable challenge.

Some sad news from the National Spinal Injuries Centre

It is with deep sadness that the trustees of SPIRIT learned of the death of Professor Paul Kennedy this week. Paul was Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Oxford and Trust Head of Clinical Psychology at the National Spinal Injuries Centre, Stoke Mandeville Hospital. Paul was instrumental in developing clinical psychological support for

Progress from spinal cord injury researchers with Walk Again Project

As a spinal cord injury charity, SPIRIT welcomes the progress made by the Walk Again Project in Brazil to generate function in paralysed muscles after spinal cord injury. Scientists developed the Walk Again Project, based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, thinking that they could enable paraplegics to move about using the exoskeleton controlled by their thoughts. But they

SIA Rebuilding Lives Award Ceremony – SPIRIT Trustee wins award

The SIA held it’s an annual Rebuilding Lives Award Ceremony in Birmingham and we are delighted that Jonathan Fogerty, a SPIRIT trustee, was shortlisted for and won an award. Jonathan Fogerty is a former trustee of the SIA. He was chair of the SIA for three years between 2011 and 2014. Jonathan won the ‘Inspirational

SPIRIT Trustee and a supporter of our charity shortlisted for SIA Awards 2016

The Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) is the leading support organisation for those affected by spinal cord injury in the UK. The SIA was founded in 1974 and still provides services for the 35,000 people living with spinal cord injury. The SIA holds an annual Rebuilding Lives Award Ceremony in Birmingham and 2016 sees two people

Paralysed man takes first steps with help of bionic exoskeleton

A man who was left paralysed after a car accident has been able to walk for the first time in four years thanks to a bionic exoskeleton. Abdul Aldhfeiry from Cardiff, broke his neck in the accident in Australia in 2012. Following a period of intensive rehabilitation and use of this remarkable piece of equipment,