May 21, 2013 11:05 BST Adam Hollick has a spinal cord injury which has left him with reduced sensation and muscle strength but he is proving that this is no barrier to a successful career in the fitness industry. After completing a voluntary work placement, he is now a paid fitness instructor at the YMCA gym in Romford. Adam was offered free training through the InstructAbility programme.
May 10, 2013 14:52 BST On Friday 17th May, Spinal Injuries Together, a grouping of the UK’s five major spinal cord injury charities, will be raising awareness of the life-changing effects of spinal cord injury through national Spinal Cord Injuries Day. In the UK alone, someone is told they may never walk again Every Eight Hours.
May 03, 2013 11:52 BST The 14th annual Sports Quiz Dinner in London was marked by the warmest day of the year and a fantastic atmosphere at the long-favoured venue, Lord’s Cricket Ground. Over 650 guests enjoyed a drinks reception and sumptuous three course dinner whilst battling it out over the legendary Sports Quiz, hosted by Aspire President and renowned sports presenter, John Inverdale.
May 23, 2013 15:42 BST Last Friday’s Spinal Cord Injuries Day saw a united effort from the charities forming Spinal Injuries Together (Aspire, Back Up, Spinal Injuries Association, Spinal Injuries Scotland and Spinal Research) to raise awareness of Spinal Cord Injury (SCI).
May 16, 2013 10:48 BST Tomorrow is Spinal Cord Injuries Day, a national day to raise awareness of the life changing effects of Spinal Cord Injury. Every Eight Hours someone is paralysed by a spinal cord injury. It could happen to any of us at any time as a result of accident or illness.
Apr 18, 2013 15:53 BST According to news reports today, a spinal cord injured man, Paul Lamb, has taken up the late Tony Nicklinson's legal fight for the right to die with the help of a doctor.
Feb 27, 2013 14:04 GMT Aspire’s Director of Fundraising and Marketing, Paul Parrish, was this week announced a finalist of the JustGiving Awards ‘Endurance Fundraiser of the Year.' Here, he writes about the gruelling but incredibly rewarding experience. It’s an inspirational read for anyone who’s ever thought of taking on an active fundraising challenge.
Jan 10, 2013 15:24 GMT John Lambert sustained a spinal cord injury in 1981 when he was in a motorcycle accident aged 33. Final Touchdown is a novel that follows his journey through recovering in Stoke Mandeville hospital and all the obstacles he faces in achieving a fully independent lifestyle. Aspire's Jessica Penney has written a review. Final Touchdown is available as an ebook on Amazon.
Oct 11, 2012 15:49 BST The Team GB Paralympic rower and gold medallist, Naomi Riches, dropped in to say hello after visiting Woodlands School in Edgware with Aspire's very own Torch Bearer, Joe Gilbert.
Apr 26, 2012 10:52 BST Press scrummage at the London Marathon 2012 Press Launch
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Mar 19, 2013 13:45 GMT
Last week we heard that Lady Gaga commissioned designer, Ken Borochov, to make her a gold plated wheelchair for her to use while she recovers from hip surgery. Thousands of disabled people struggle to afford a wheelchair that meets their basic needs so we're suggesting that Lady Gaga auctions her chair once she's finished with it and donates the money to help disabled people buy vital equipment.
Nov 21, 2012 10:49 GMT
Andy is paralysed from the neck down after sustaining a spinal cord injury in his early twenties. Following the research findings from Loughborough University that highlight the devastating impact of housing spinal cord injured adults in care homes, Andy responds to the fact that this happens to 1 in 5 spinal cord injured people in the UK.
Nov 19, 2012 10:24 GMT
InstructAbility is an award winning bespoke training programme created by Aspire, the spinal injury charity and YMCAfit, the leading fitness industry training provider.
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