On Thursday 3rd November, we are delighted to be taking part in Wheels at Work™ - a fundraising and awareness campaign led by local charity Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research (SMSR). 
Charity Ambassador Kat Panagaki will be leading our assembly and talking to the children about her life in a wheelchair, since she was injured 9 years ago.  Her assembly promises to be fun and interactive, and will allow the children to ask any questions about disability or spinal cord injury. 
For the rest of the day, and on Friday 4th November, a handful of pupils and teachers will be spending their own time in a wheelchair to gain a small insight into the challenges faced by people with spinal cord injury, supported by their peers.  
SMSR is a small independent charity based at the National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital and funds vital research to improve the quality of life for the 50,000 people living with spinal cord injury in the UK.  Every penny raised by the children will go towards research projects that tackle issues such as chronic pain, or difficulties with hand function.
To find out more about the charity, please visit www.lifeafterparalysis.com. 

Kate Favell