Supporting SIA

Here are just a few examples of how Trusts, Foundations, companies and people work in partnership with us as we rebuild lives after spinal cord injury.

Network Rail has contributed £10,000 towards our Vocational Support Service and has launched a work trial opportunity for spinal cord injured. The work trial will help to raise awareness of our service and help to encourage more spinal cord injured people to return to work. For individuals involved, this will offer the chance to gain skills, confidence and experience in a working environment with a major UK employer.

The James Tudor Foundation and the Paul Bush Foundation Trust have generously contributed £17,000 and £5,000 respectively towards SIA’s Continuing Health Care (CHC) Advice Service. Launched in 2012, this service provides essential support for individuals on this very specific funding stream. For individuals who are eligible for NHS CHC funding, but who are having it refused or withdrawn, this service is life-changing.

On a local level, the Cheshire Community Foundation generously issued a grant of £5,000 towards our Peer Support Service in the North West of England. Researchers at the Open University have recently undertaken an evaluation of SIA’s Peer Support Service, where one individual interviewed for the report said “the medical staff were fantastic but it was invaluable to speak to someone so positive who had actually experienced spinal cord injury”.

Last year SIA’s Advice Line dealt with 2,277 enquiries from people touched by spinal cord injury. The PF Charitable Trust is generously supporting our Advice Line service with a donation of  £6,000 over three years, with the the Anson Charitable Trust  kindly donating £1,000 towards this valuable work.

Without the support of such trusts, companies and individuals we would be unable to provide lifeline support to individuals and families in their time of need.