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Aspire is Charity of the Year!

Aspire is proud to announce that we are the winners of the JustGiving Charity of the Year People's Choice Award for 2012! 

JustGiving said,"We were overwhelmed by more than 800 nominations for the 2012JustGiving Awards. Some made us smile, some tugged on our heartstrings, and each one was inspirational." 

Aspire was up against two fantastic charities, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Shelterboxwho were worthy finalists. 

We were delighted that the Award for our category was presented by the absolutely fabulous Joanna Lumley. Chief Executive of Aspire Brian Carlin, Director of Fundraising and Marketing Chris Field and Communications Manager Kirsty Marrins took to the stage on behalf of the charity to accept the Award.

Brian said,"We are overwhelmed and in a state of shock and we thank everyone who nominated us for this Award. We never set out to win an award; that is not what we are about. What we do is put people paralysed by spinal cord injury at the heart of everything that we do and we try to support them from injury to independence. Winning the JustGiving Charity of the Year People's Choice Award is affirmation that we are doing a good job!"

We would like to offer our sincerest thanks to all our wonderful supporters, volunteers and corporate supporters who all nominated us for this prestigious Award and to the judges who had such a difficult role in choosing the winners. To see a list of finalists and the winners, visit JustGiving.


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  • JustGiving Charity of the Year People's Choice Award for 2012
  • spinal cord injury
  • Joanna Lumley

Spinal Cord Injury has a devastating effect on the 1,200 people who become paralysed each year.

The individual affected will lose muscle and sensory control and the vast majority become full time wheelchair users for the rest of their lives. Historically, the majority of spinal cord injuries have been sustained by those aged 15 to 40, with men outnumbering women, although increasingly it is affecting older people too.

Through its projects and programmes, Aspire offers practical support to the 40,000 people living with a spinal cord injury in the UK so that they can lead fulfilled and independent lives in their homes, with their families, in work places and in leisure time.

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