Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research (SMSR) was delighted to be the chosen Charity Partner for this year's Buckinghamshire Business Awards 2022.

Over 300 businesses attended the annual awards ceremony hosted by Aylesbury Waterside Theatre last month, and we'd like to send our heartfelt thanks to all those who donated to our on-the-night raffle, raising an incredible £1,930.63!

As Charity Partner, we were also invited to take part in the Buckinghamshire Business Leaders’ Dinner, at Waddesdon Manor, where Ambassador Luke Delahunty, delivered an insightful after-dinner speech about inclusivity and accessibility, drawing on his own experiences as a wheelchair user since a motorbike accident in 1996 left him paralysed from the chest down.

Following his injury, he spent four months receiving treatment at Stoke Mandeville Hospital and later worked at the National Spinal Injuries Centre based at the hospital. It was during this time he was first introduced to SMSR, and subsequently became involved in supporting our work in fundraising to raise money to support UK-wide spinal cord injury research and associated health complications.