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SIA Rebuilding Lives After Spinal Cord Injury Awards 2015

Irwin Mitchell were proud to be a sponsor at the Spinal Injuries Association Rebuilding Lives after Spinal Cord Injury Awards, which took place on 4 June 2015 at Hilton Metropole, Birmingham. The Awards acknowledge the unsung heroes and inspirational achievers in the world of spinal cord injury.

Many of the dedicated staff at the various Spinal Injury Centres around the country picked up Awards including Mr Soni, from the North West Regional Spinal Centre, Southport, who won the Liz Martin Award for his groundbreaking work on respiratory difficulties faced by tetraplegics after injury. Claire Guy, Ruth Peachment and Vicky Munro from the NSIC, Stoke Mandeville all won individual Awards for Leadership, Health and Wellbeing, and Vocation and Employment, while the physio team from Stoke Mandeville won the Outstanding Team Award. Jackie McRae, from RNOH, Stanmore picked up the Award for Innovation and Research. In addition there were many nominations from these and other Spinal Centres, and congratulations must go to all of them.

The Winners

This year there were awards given to spinal cord injured individuals who are inspiring others through their activities. In the category for Inspirational Sports Personality we were delighted that one of our ex-clients, David Follett, was nominated for his work in promoting the game of para-badminton to the extent that it has now been named as a sport at the 2020 Paralympics. Sadly David did not take the prize which was won by Shaun Newcomb, a very worthy winner who has been inspiring table tennis players for many years.

The overall winner of the Stephen Bradshaw Award, was Gareth Thomas, who picked up his award in the Armed Forces Achievement category. He gave a very moving speech, which concluded the Awards ceremony, but for many the celebrations went on well into the early morning! And so the event ended for another year, but the work goes on, and behind the scenes are so many individuals devoting themselves to improving the lives of those who are spinal cord injured. Well done and thank you to you all.