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“The Reluctant Heroes” photography exhibition to be held on Spinal Injuries Awareness Day at the Aspire National Training Centre

Press Release   •   May 14, 2014 09:14 BST

Loughborough University’s Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport is hosting a unique photography exhibition entitled “The Reluctant Heroes” on Spinal Cord Injuries Awareness Day, Friday 16th May.  The guest speaker at the event will be former GB Paralympian Andy Barrow.  It will be held at the Aspire National Training Centre in Stanmore and will be open to the public from 2pm to 4pm in the Dance Studio.

The photographs have been taken by spinal cord injured people to document their experiences of physical activity, depicting how it is possible to live an active life with a spinal cord injury. 

The exhibition displays visual methods data collected by Dr Anthony Papathomas as part of a Coca Cola funded research programme.  15 spinal cord injured individuals were invited to take personal photographs representing their experiences of being physically active or inactive.  The viewer is taken on a visual journey through the trials and triumphs associated with trying to be active with a spinal cord injury.  For the first time, this exhibition provides a unique visual insight into the personal perspectives of spinal cord injured people.

The exhibition is taking place on Spinal Cord Injuries Awareness day, when Spinal Injuries Together, a group of the UK’s five major Spinal Cord Injury charities, will be joining forces to raise awareness of the life-changing effects of a spinal cord injury.  Every eight hours someone is paralysed by a spinal cord injury.  There is currently no cure, although research into this continues, and it is estimated that there are 40,000 spinal cord injured people in the UK alone.

Aspire would like to thank Candoco for the use of the Dance Studio. 

If you would like to attend please contact 

Aspire is a leading charity, supporting the 40,000 people living with Spinal Cord Injury in the UK through a range of services.
Every eight hours in the UK someone is paralysed by a spinal cord injury; it can happen to anyone at anytime and no one is prepared for how it will change their life. Aspire exists because there is currently no cure. We provide practical help to people who have been paralysed by a Spinal Cord Injury, helping them move from injury to independence.
The services that Aspire provides are Aspire Grants, Aspire Housing, Independent Living, Assistive Technology, Campaigning and Research.

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