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WHY WE STARTED

There is no Government funding for research into spinal cord injury!

So in 1985, it occurred to some of the patients undergoing rehabilitation at Odstock (now Salisbury District) Hospital that something had to be done to raise awareness and funds for research to explore practical solutions to everyday problems experienced by people like them! The INSPIRE Foundation was born.

Six of the original patients remain on our Board of Trustees able and willing to combine their considerable personal experience of SCI with their vast current professional knowledge.

We are a national charity and are reaching out to the 40,000 people living with SCI throughout the British Isles from Cornwall to Ayrshire and Belfast to Lowestoft.

HOW WE OPERATE

There are three key factors to our operation:

  • Fundraising
  • Identifying research projects
  • Allocation of funds

Fundraising is a constant factor and takes many forms. Without funds we have no way of meeting our objective.

Research Projects: Any scientist may approach us with a proposed research project. Our Research Strategy gives clear guidelines. All projects are scrutinised by our National Scientific Committee in their biannual meetings.

Allocation of Funds: Successful projects are then considered by our Board of Trustees who also meet formally twice each year.

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HOW YOU CAN HELP

There are three areas where we need help:

1. Donations: We are dependent on donations from:

  • Grant making Trusts. If you represent a GMT we would like to hear from you.
  • Individual Donations. We welcome donations from any individuals able bodied or SCI.
  • Legacies. Your bequest could make a real difference.

2. Fundraising Events. If you have any spare time, you could always come and support or help organise one of our Fundraising Events

3. Spinal Cord Injured Volunteers. SCI Volunteers are urgently needed to help with our research projects. By becoming a Member, you could soon be working with likeminded individuals and your participation could soon help make a real difference! Tel: 01722 336262 Ext 2465.