Find out about spinal cord injury and its effects
We are the UK’s leading charity funding medical research around the world to develop effective treatments for paralysis.
Spinal cord injury is devastating to the person, and their family and friends. More than 50,000 people in the UK and Ireland are living with paralysis caused by spinal cord injury. Our vision is a world where it is no longer a life sentence, we believe that one day we will live in a world where it is possible to prevent and reverse paralysis, restoring meaningful function lost through spinal cord injury.
We are guided in our research strategy by four pillars
Understand and innovate: The better we understand the pathobiology of spinal cord injury the more we will discover and can innovate to create advanced, effective treatments
Communicate and influence: Communicating our mission through our strategy, philosophy and ideals we seek to influence others to join in global efforts to change the future of spinal cord injury
Build capacity and capability: By increasing capacity in basic and clinical research, supporting networking and encouraging collaboration we can build the capability to accelerate the delivery of better treatments to patients
Translate and restore: Translating promising innovation generated in pre-clinical research to treatments that restore function and quality of life
Get involved in our Tackling Paralysis Campaign and help us raise awareness of the need for more research into the devastating effects of paralysis and raise funds to give hope to those living with a spinal cord injury.
With Jason Leonard, Saracens RFC, and our wonderful ambassadors we're kicking paralysis into touch.
This was all made possible because of our fantastic ambassadors Ben Kende and Peter Robinson. Prior to Ben’s accident his rugby coach in Hong Kong was Joe Shaw who is now the Skills Coach for the Saracens first team.