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Matthew Reeve on father Christopher's paralysis at Neurokinex Kids launch

Neurokinex Kids facility

UCan2 catches up with Matthew Reeve, Christopher Reeve’s elder son and Vice Chairman of International Development for the Reeve Foundation, as he helps to launch Neurokinex Kids – a facility in Gatwick designed to treat children affected by paralysis.

How does a spinal cord injury affect the wider family?

“When a family member sustains a spinal cord injury everyone is automatically involved and everyone’s lives change – not just the person who sustained the injury. Suddenly, instantly there are things you used to do together that you can no longer do, places you used to go you can no longer go to and the future you thought you once had is completely different.” 

How did your family cope with your father Christopher’s injury?

Kidz to Adultz Scotland welcomes 1500 visitors to The Royal Highland Centre

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Around 1500 people headed to Edinburgh’s Royal Highland Centre on 15th September for Kidz to Adultz Scotland – one of the largest, free Scottish events dedicated to children and young adults up to 25 years with disabilities and additional needs, their families, carers and the professionals who work with them. 

Over 80 exhibitors were able to offer advice, support and information to attendees: mobility, communication, equipment and technology, beds and seating, toys and learning aids, funding, sports and much more. 

Royal Highland Centre to host Kidz to Adultz Scotland

Edinburgh’s Highland Hall at the Royal Highland Centre is to host Kidz to Adultz Scotland – one of the largest, free Scottish events dedicated to children and young adults up to 25 years with disabilities and additional needs, their families and the professionals who work with them in Scotland.

Approximately 120,000 children and adults in Scotland are living with a learning disability[1], and over one million are living with a sensory impairment.[2]

Over 80 exhibitors will assemble at Highland Hall on Thursday 15th September to offer advice, support and information on mobility, communication, equipment and technology, education, toys and learning aids, transport, beds and seating, service, funding, sports and leisure and much more. 

Disabled children almost twice as likely to be target of crime

Disabled children are almost twice as likely to be victims of crime as non-disabled children, according to a new report from the Equality and Human Rights Commission.  The Commission’s research found that 22% of disabled young people in England and Wales aged 10-15 had been the victim of crime in the previous 12 months, compared to 12% of non-disabled young people of the same age. 

Equality and Human Rights Commission Chair David Isaac has called the findings “a wake-up call”, which brings into question our assumptions on the legacy of the London Paralympic Games.   

New lifts transform accessibility at Tower Hill Tube station

New lifts transform accessibility at Tower Hill Tube station

·        Two new lifts now serve the Zone 1 station, providing step-free access between the ticket halls and all three platforms

·        Tower Hill is London’s 68th step-free Tube station

·        More than half of TfL’s rail and Underground stations to become step-free by 2018

London Underground’s (LU’s) Tower Hill station is the latest on the Tube network to become step-free, following the installation of two new lifts between the ticket halls and all three platforms.

Pioneering study highlights hope for young people living with curvature of spine

A 9-year-old boy from Kent (affected from birth by a complex condition known as Sensory Motor Axonal) is helping a British medical manufacturer highlight the benefits one of its most inspiring products, the Postural Scoliosis Suits – developed for young people with curvature of the spine. The fabric “superhero” suit helps patients avoid radical surgery, whilst also ‘freeing them’ from rigid bracing.

Sporting Bear’s North West raises £7000 for the Wingate Centre at the Cholmondeley Power and Speed Festival 2016

The Sporting Bear’s Motor Club has raised a staggering £7,000 for The Wingate Centre at this year’s annual Power and Speed Festival held at Cholmondeley Castle. The centre, based in South Cheshire, runs residential holidays for children and young adults with physical and learning disabilities from the local area and beyond.


New figures show Shooting Star Chase is a lifeline for 5,000 local people in need

New figures released today reveal Shooting Star Chase has cared for 5,000 people in need across London and Surrey since Shooting Star and CHASE merged in 2011, increasing the number of families supported in five years by 36% - reinforcing the charity as a lifeline for children with life-limiting conditions and their families.

They Did it – Six riders, Five Nations and Over £5000 Raised to Fund Holidays for 40 Children at The Wingate Centre!

The Wingate Five Nations team has successfully completed their heroic challenge to cycle a 520 mile route through Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and England to raise over £5000 for The Wingate Centre in Nantwich, enabling around 40 disabled children to have a holiday!


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