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Cyclists raise £7000 for spinal injuries charity

Posted in: Personal Injury Spine & Back Injuries 

Two cyclists have raised a total of £7,000 for spinal injuries charity SIA (the Spinal Injuries Association). The cyclists from Trafford cycled a 300km route from London to Paris to raise money and awareness for the charity. 

According to the statistics of support organisation ‘Apparelyzed’, around 1200 people in the UK are paralysed by a spinal cord injury every year, with approximately 40,000 people suffering with paralysis in the UK at present. This figure only accounts for those who have gone through a spinal cord injury centre, and does not include those who have been treated in general hospitals.

The two riders were solicitor Cathy Leech, who has secured compensation payouts for spinal injury victims for many years, and Pauline Terry, project manager for the Southway Housing Association. The pair of cyclists raised a total of £7,000 for the charity, saying they greatly support the “fantastic work they do”.

“Life doesn’t stop”

Cathy said: “More than 20 able-bodied riders joined three spinal injured riders on hand-bikes and it was both an honour and a fantastic experience to cycle with them.” One of the injured riders who joined the challenge was Gary Dawson from the SIA. He currently visits people who have recently suffered a spinal cord injury to support them and their families. 

The SIA’s strap-line was definitely proven by the ride to Paris: “Life doesn’t stop after you’re paralysed”.

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