Rooprai Spinal Trust’s very valuable  alliance with Spinal Research is generating much-needed funds  to facilitate more groundbreaking research into helping people with spinal cord injuries.

The Rooprai Spinal Trust was co-founded by Andy Uttridge, after a road traffic accident left his  long term partner Marrianne paralysed from the shoulders down at only 27 years old. (C3/4).

(seen here with Spinal Research Chairman of Trustees, John Hick).

“Being with Marrianne every day for the seven months she spent in the spinal unit, I was able to witness at first-hand the devastation a spinal injury can bring” says Andy.

“For us, the Spinal Research team have one of the best systems in place for deciding where research money should be spent. They have their finger on the pulse in terms of the key areas to support. Money is one thing but ensuring the money is spent correctly is equally important.

“Through the partnership with them, we’re trying to make everyone aware just how important research is, rather than waiting for someone else to do it. “

A bubbly and positive person, Marrianne says about the special partnership between the two charities: “We know the team at Spinal Research really well now. It’s always a pleasure to help raise funds for them and to spread the word on the great work they do. They are a dynamic, caring team who are really trying to make a difference and that’s why I’m delighted to be able to help them achieve their goals.

“No pressure guys, but I’m counting on you to one day give me the news that I want to hear!”

The Rooprai Spinal Trust  is a completely voluntary charity which on top of fund-raising, provides advice and information for those affected by spinal cord injuries as well as offering a physiotherapy scholarship programs through their partnership with the Prime Physio Specialist Therapy Centre.

It has attracted a range of personalities as supporters, including a former Miss England, Charlotte Holmes, who is also the first IVF Miss England and Nick Heald, the 2012 World para Canoe Champion.

Thanks to its fund-raising activities, the Rooprai Spinal Trust has already raised more than £16,000 for Spinal Research.

Jonathan Miall, Chief Executive of Spinal Research said:  “We are delighted to be in partnership with the Rooprai Spinal Trust and incredibly grateful for its fantastic support.

“ It’s a golden time for spinal research, as it is poised on the brink of some hugely significant breakthroughs.  For the sake of everyone who is effected by spinal cord injuries it’s vital that we help maintain and build on that research momentum.  Our partnership with Rooprai is helping make that happen.”

As well as the London Marathon and a Golf Day in Birmingham later this year, the Rooprai Spinal Trust has further plans to raise money for Spinal Research and you can find out more here