INSPIRE Foundation

The INSPIRE Foundation needs your help.

Research and development is an expensive business easily running into tens or hundreds of thousands of pounds and INSPIRE relies entirely on voluntary donations.  What makes our purpose all the more important is that we receive no Government funding!

If you have the means, we ask you consider a bequest to the INSPIRE Foundation.  Whatever the size of your donation, rest assured it will be used to meet our objective and potentially change the lives of so many living with SCI.

The INSPIRE Foundation is a registered charity with the following objective:

‘ To promote research into the development of practical systems
to enable those suffering from spinal cord paralysis
to benefit now and in the future from the latest advances in
electronic, mechanical and medical technology.’

INSPIRE was conceived in 1986 by individuals undergoing rehabilitation after their own spinal cord injuries (SCI).  They focused on raising funds to support the embryo research team in the field of electrical stimulation and constrained by a very tight budget.  Since then, INSPIRE has raised considerable funds to promote many projects.  These have included the Freehand System enabling tetraplegics to regain some limited use of a hand function.  We have also assisted with the LARSI (Lumbar Anterior Root Stimulator Implant) programme which enables paraplegics to stand, take a few steps and use a specially adapted tricycle.

SCI are not reportable events and so no figures exist as to the total number living with the condition. However, it is conservatively estimated that there are some 700 – 1100 new cases each year and 40,000 individuals with SCI in the United Kingdom.  Progress in modern medicine now means those living with SCI can expect a near normal life span.

There is no known cure to SCI but it will always remain INSPIRE’s intent to raise funds to encourage research and development to enable practical quality of life measures for those living with both tetraplegia and paraplegia.


Why should you make a Will?

For peace of mind. If you wish to ensure that those you love will be cared for in the way YOU want, making a will is essential. By making a Will your wishes will ensure that your property, money and possessions are passed on to those you care for.  It is a sad fact of life that 70% of people overlook the need to plan ahead in this way.  Without a Will, your wishes may never be identified or realised.  In extremis it may be left to a court to decide how to distribute your estate and this undoubtedly may not conform to you wishes.

Making a will is easy and it will save much pain and heartache at a later date.  At your behest, it can always be changed.  You can help others and save tax – by including a Legacy to a charity such as The INSPIRE Foundation.  Your bequest would help INSPIRE in its determination to fight the effects of spinal cord injury.



Contact us now


If you wish to discuss your options with the INSPIRE Foundation, please pick up the telephone and call us:

Tel: 01722 336262 Ext 2465

Or write to us at:
The INSPIRE Foundation
Spinal Treatment Centre
Salisbury District Hospital

Or send an e mail to:

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