Dear Supporters,

Due to the pandemic, it has been a particularly difficult year for many local charities including Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research. I would like to send a heartfelt thank you to all our wonderful supporters, including individuals, community groups, businesses, volunteers, and organisations, who have continued to help and support our work in spinal cord injury (SCI) research which affects over 50,000 people in the UK alone.

Earlier this year we were delighted to announce the funding of over £200,000 towards three new life changing research studies into spinal cord injury (SCI) that are designed to improve the lives of those living with SCI, giving them greater independence, and allowing them to engage more freely in work, hobbies, and family life. The projects are now underway, and we hope to have some interim results to share next year.

The impact of Covid-19 has meant that most of our planned fundraising activities were unable to take place this year, so we are now busily preparing for 2021 in the hope that we will be getting back to something more ‘normal’ towards late spring/summer. 

With this in mind, I would like to share with supporters who might be interested in taking on a challenge in the new year, that we have 10 charity places available for the ASICS London 10k taking place on Sunday 25th July 2021. Perhaps you are a keen runner, member of a running group or a business looking for something special for a team building day, we would love to hear from you! Simply contact Charlotte Minoprio in our Fundraising Team via email at: [email protected]. We are also hoping to host a variety of interactive community events including our ‘Wheels at Work’ days in the new year, so please do keep an eye on the website for updates at www.lifeafterparalysis.com or on our social media channels.

On behalf of everyone involved with Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research, we would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year.

Nigel Henderson

Deputy Chair of Trustees, Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research.