Having been cooped up due to Covid-19 for the past couple of years, 2022 has seen a comeback of organised events, and our amazing supporters have certainly made the most of it, raising vital funds for nsif to help us to continue to reach our goal of finding a cure for paralysis.
Angela and John Pye continue to do amazing work for nsif, running the Hull and East Riding branch of the charity. They have successfully raised over £2600 this year through various donations over the course of the year and more recently a staggering £470 was raised through raffling a wonderful festive M&S hamper, kindly organised by her niece, Miss Jess and the Fleur Elizabeth Academy of Dance where she teaches. John and Angela have already started making plans for their next regular fundraising event – The 2023 Bridge-to-Bridge cycle. This challenge sees them taking on a route from the Humber Bridge to another bridge somewhere in the UK. Previous excursions have been made to the Severn bridge (262 miles) and the Forth bridge (300 miles). The “Bridge” theme relates to the basis of the treatment that is being researched/funded via nsif, which looks to bridge the damaged area of the spine to facilitate nerve regrowth and restoration of function to SCI patients.
We would like to say a MASSIVE thank you to the Pyes for their continued support.
Mat described himself as ‘not a runner’, but was looking for a challenge and decided to apply for his local half marathon that he’s stood and applauded for many years. Mat said ‘I was inspired to raise money for nsif having been fortunate enough to be able to sit and listen to the unbelievably inspirational Claire Lomas whose triumph over adversity has put many things in my life into perspective’. Mat trained through the winter and gradually upped the distance by running with a very supportive group of friends who spurred him on. He successfully completed the course, raising over £400 for nsif in the process. We would like to say a HUGE thank you to Mat for supporting our charity and helping us to continue to fund the life changing research work that will one day help those on the journey back from serious spinal injuries.
In May of this year, a group of boys from Eton College successfully took on and completed the Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge. The boys, led by Oscar, are all members of the Shackleton Society.
At the beginning of the year Oscar took it upon himself to contact our patron Claire Lomas, asking her to speak at one of their events at Eton College. Inspired by her talk they then went on to organise and take on the challenge choosing to raise money for nsif in the process. We are truly grateful to the boys for their support and would like to congratulate them on this fantastic achievement.