Spinal Cord Injury

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?

Spinal injuries charity launches pioneering collaborative service

SIA Case

Leading spinal cord injury charity, the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA), has joined forces with Bush & Company, the UK’s largest case management provider, to launch SIA Case Management. Formally launched at the SIA 20th Anniversary charity ball in Manchester on 22nd March, SIA Case Management is the first joint venture of its kind.

It brings together the expertise of Bush & Company’s case management and rehabilitation services with the practical, emotional advice and support offered by the charity. SIA Case Management is the largest UK-wide case management service working solely with adults and children following a spinal cord injury.

Law firms specialising in catastrophic injuries have welcomed this new initiative.

Paralysed builder walks again thanks to pioneering technology

Gheorghe can now go for strolls around the local park

A paralysed man who was told he would never walk again has taken his first steps, thanks to a life-changing exoskeleton suit.  

Gheorghe Duncan, from Bromley, was left paralysed from the waist-down after he fell nine metres while working in 2011. 

The 42-year-old, who was working as a labourer at the time of his accident, was told he would spend his life in a wheelchair, but is now able to go for a stroll around his local park, thanks to a pioneering piece of technology. 

Long-awaited change to planning law will benefit disabled people

 Long-awaited change to plannning law will benefit disabled people

Aspire, a national charity that provides practical help to people who have been paralysed by Spinal Cord Injury, is delighted that this week the Government has agreed to amend planning law so that local authorities will have a legal duty to plan housing for disabled people.

 

The amendment to the Neighbourhood Planning Bill was tabled by Heidi Allen, MP for South Cambridgeshire, who worked with Aspire, Habinteg and the Papworth Trust to come up with its wording and frame her case and also has the support of Housing and Planning Minister Gavin Barwell.