Charity Spotlight – Aspire Charity

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Aspire offers practical support to the 40,000 people living with spinal cord injury in the UK.

The Aspire projects and programmes enable these people to lead fulfilled and independent lives in their homes, with their families, in work places and in leisure time.

 Spinal injury rehabilitation

“Every eight hours in the UK someone is paralysed by a spinal cord injury; it can happen to anyone at any time and no one is prepared for how it will change their life.

Aspire exists because there is currently no cure. We provide practical help to people who have been paralysed by Spinal Cord Injury, helping them move from injury to independence.  says Aspire CEO, Brian Carlin

Aspire came about in 1982 to fill a perceived void in rehabilitation services for those with spinal cord injuries. The Mike Heaffey Centre, in Stanmore, was opened by the late HRH Princess of Wales in 1991.

“Our services include adapted housing for spinal cord injured people to live in when they leave hospital, grants to buy vital equipment, assistive technology training to enable use of computers, Independent Living and Welfare Benefits advice.”

London Paris bike ride

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Triumphant cyclists and hand-cyclists arrive in Paris from London supporting Aspire and Back Up

Aspire receives no statutory funding so we rely on the enormous generosity of our friends and supporters, many of whom take on extraordinary challenges such as the 28 cyclists and handcyclists who cycled from London to Paris last weekend, raising over £45,000.


On May 6th, Opencity Inc. pledged to support the four members of the Wellspect HealthCare team taking part in the London Paris ride.


The Aspire website is excellent (including be both responsive and secure) and oriented to How can we help you rather than the other way round. Well done Aspire. You can also engage with them across social media Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

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Photos courtesy of Aspire Charity