Simon Nixon, 35, will be locked up in a cell at Kettering Police Station for 24 hours in honour of his brother (Michael), who was left paralysed after a freak accident two years ago, and will be raising funds for Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research as a ‘thank you’ for their wonderful work.

“In October 2019, I received a call from my mum to say that my brother, Michael, had been involved in an accident at work,” explained Simon. “He had fallen through a barn roof onto concrete. The news was obviously a shock for the family, but none of us knew how serious his condition was. The news Michael received was life changing. He was told he would never walk again.” 

Michael spent several months receiving treatment at Coventry Hospital before being transferred to the specialist spinal injuries unit in Stoke Mandeville, Buckinghamshire.

Simon decided to take on this unusual fundraising challenge to give thanks to all those who played a part in supporting his brother through an extremely difficult time: “I honestly can’t thank the staff and facilities enough for what they did for my brother, and I really enjoyed being able to take part in some activities with my brother whilst there - wheelchair rugby was great fun!”

Commenting on spending 24-hours locked up in a cell, Simon said: “On the one hand I’m genuinely looking forward to getting the ball rolling but I know that mentally it’s going to be challenging and there isn’t anything I can really do to prepare myself for it. Once that door closes then I’m by myself, and it’s then just a case of counting down the clock (which will be difficult as there isn’t a clock in the cell!) and maybe reading a book to help pass the time.

“Whilst in custody, I won’t be receiving any special treatment and will be arrested and booked in like any other detainee. The biggest challenge for me will be time spent away from my children and not being able to watch TV or listen to music!”

Simon added: “I hope nobody has to go through what we’ve been through as a family. There is nothing that can ever prepare you for an event like this. Paralysis is a fact of life for the 50,000 people living with spinal cord injury in the UK. Pressure ulcers, pain and urinary tract infection are all a daily threat, making it hard to ‘get on with life’. 

“Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research is tackling these day-to-day challenges through research to ensure that individuals with spinal cord injury have the best quality of life possible.”

If you would like to sponsor Simon, please visit his JustGiving page here: https://justgiving.com/fundraising/simon-nixon8