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Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day 2022

Today we're working together with 7 other amazing charities to celebrate Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day!

Join us in spreading the word and together we can change lives.

Keep an eye on our channels as we'll be handing our feed over to each charity #SCIAD22


Welcome to #SCIAD22 from @AspireSCICharity!

We offer practical support to the 50,000 people living with #SpinalCordInjury in the UK, from newly injured patients in hospital and throughout their lives.

Our services include Housing, Independent Living, Welfare Benefits & Housing Advice, Money Matters & Assistive Technology.

Read Tom’s story:

Twitter: @AspireCharity
Facebook: @AspireSCICharity
Instagram: @AspireCharity

Back Up

Back Up helps people affected by spinal cord injury get the most from life through vital services, such as:

đź’Ľ Back to Work support
🛶 Courses
đź“™ Children and young people support

Back Up's vision is a world where people affected by spinal cord injury can reach their full potential. Over the next few years, Back Up's services aim to make this vision a reality!

Find out more at:
Twitter: @backuptrust
Facebook: @backuptrust
Instagram: @backuptrust

Cauda Equina Champions Charity

Thanks to @backuptrust for putting #SCIAD22 together and welcoming us to be a part of the collaboration.

Champions Charity provide bespoke patient led services for people affected by Cauda Equina Syndrome.

Our aim is to help you 'live your best life' after injury.

Our services include; Residential workshops, Psychosexual therapy courses, Support group meetings across the country and a warm and welcoming online community.

Find out more:

Horatio's Garden

Horatio's Garden are so pleased to be a part of this year's collaborative #SCIAD and for this hour of today's takeover, we thought we'd share more about what we do and why we do it đź’ś

Horatio's Garden is a national charity creating and nurturing beautiful, accessible gardens NHS spinal injury centres to support the physical and psychological rehabilitation of everyone affected by spinal injury 🌱

To date, we have opened five gardens with another two currently on the way. Each Horatio's Garden is home to a thriving community, where people have the chance to escape into nature, explore fresh interests and develop new skills in both gardening groups and creative workshops run by the charity 🌿

In a special #SCIAD message, Horatio's Garden Founder & Chair of Trustees, Dr Olivia Chapple, shares:

"Every day, I am touched by the messages of gratitude we receive from patients, their families and their friends. In the next 10 years, our aim is to plant hope in all 11 NHS spinal injury centres, ensuring that everyone affected by spinal injury in the UK is supported by Horatio's Garden at the most challenging time of their lives." 🌳

To find out more about Horatio's Garden this #SCIAD, please visit: 
Twitter: @HoratiosGarden
Facebook: @horatiosgarden
Instagram: @horatiosgarden

Spinal Injuries Association (SIA)

Hello from #TeamSIA!

SIA was created with the ultimate goal of ensuring that every person affected by spinal cord injury is able to live a fulfilled life. They recognise that the impact of a SCI is not just physical, it affects so many different aspects of life, such as mental health and offer a range of services which includes access to expert advice, advocating on the key issues, and providing specialist support across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, including their trusty peer support network coordinators.

If you want to find out more about how SIA can help you, please visit:
Twitter: @spinalinjuries
Facebook: @spinalinjuriesassociation
Instagram: @spinal_injuries

Spinal Research

Hello from everyone at @SpinalResearch ! We are delighted to be taking part in #SCIAD22

Spinal Research is the UK’s leading medical charity focused on the repair and restoration of the spinal cord. We exist to beat paralysis and believe in a future where paralysis caused by spinal cord damage will no longer be a life sentence.

A spinal cord injury can happen in an instant to anyone, at any age, at any time and the consequences are devastating. Every four hours someone in the UK is paralysed by an injury to the spinal cord.

The International Spinal Research Trust was founded in 1980, and throughout our history we have supported many scientific breakthroughs into understanding the biology of the spinal cord, and importantly what is required to restore it.

Today we play a leadership role in shaping the international research strategy focused on spinal cord injury. This means funding and accelerating the most promising lines of research, as well as fostering collaborations between world-renowned scientific institutions.

Over the last few years we have invested over ÂŁ2.2 million into research. This translates to funding over 20 research projects, many of which are now being trialled in humans.

Together we can beat paralysis.

Find out more at:
Twitter: @SpinalResearch
Facebook: @SpinalResearch
Instagram: @spinalresearch


WheelPower is the national charity for wheelchair sport and for over 70 years we have supported disabled people to lead healthier and more active lives through sport and physical activity. 

The charity promotes the benefits of exercise during a patient’s rehabilitation through their Physical Activity Advisor programme. The advisors attend the spinal units regularly and are able to support patients with wheelchair skills, sport and exercise sessions, and provide advice learned from their own experiences of life with a Spinal Cord Injury. 

In addition to the charity’s work in the spinal units WheelPower also hosts wheelchair sports events (such as the annual Inter Spinal Unit Games), delivers online exercise classes, gifts sporting equipment and provides expert advice on where to get started in wheelchair sport/fitness.  

Find out more:
Twitter: @wheelpower
Facebook: @wheelchairsport
Instagram: @wheelpower_official 


We Provide Practical Help
Having lost the use their limbs tetraplegics need help to perform many of the most mundane day-to-day tasks. Mobility is the major issue for many and without the use of appropriate wheelchairs and adapted vehicles tetraplegics can become trapped in their own homes.

We Provide Emotional Help
Tetraplegics are as mentally alert as any able-bodied person, they have all the same emotional needs and desires but their bodies have been cut off from them. In the earliest weeks after injury emotions run high and support both clinically and mentally is vital to see people through these initial periods.

Only a person with a spinal injury can really explain and demonstrate to another how life can go on in spite of a severe disability. In many cases people have achieved things that they may have never dreamed possible. Recently Regain has helped four tetraplegics to compete in the Paralympic Games. Many others have been encouraged to complete a range of challenge events whilst others have been assisted in relation to employment, education and training. We have 250 tetraplegics on our database who may be able to help.

Regain can help provide specialised lightweight and electric wheelchairs and electric e-motion wheels enabling those with only limited use of their arms to move themselves around. Specialist wheelchairs can be provided for those wishing to get back into sports including wheelchair rugby, basketball, tennis, cycling, etc.

Very often communication is an issue and the provision of computers, including some with voice-activated software, can transform not only the social but the educational and employment opportunities and aspects of the lives of tetraplegics. Over the past 25 years Regain has been able to provide help to many sports tetraplegics enabling them to undertake University, technical and vocational courses.

Find out more:
Facebook: @RegainSportsCharity
Twitter: @RegainCharity