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Christmas 2015 Newsletter
Martin Clunes and Side Saddle Ladies for SSIT
Read more about our charity raceday at Wincanton Racecourse
Welcome to our Christmas 2015 newsletter

Happy Christmas and our very best wishes for 2016, from the Southern Spinal Injuries Trust. Please read on to find out what SSIT has been doing since our last newsletter.  At the moment we are busy reviewing grant applications and making grants; this follows the fantastic success of our charity raceday and lunch at Wincanton Racecourse, and the fundraising efforts of a whole range of supporters and donors over the summer.  Without support like this we would not be able to make the grants that are now being paid to help people across the south and south west - Thank You to everyone who has contributed.


Mince pies and savouries with SSIT  
Mince Pies at Salisbury Spinal Unit 15 December

With mince pies generously donated by Waitrose Salisbury, SSIT is holding a Christmas get-together in the Dining Room at the Salisbury Spinal Unit from 2.30pm on Tuesday 15 December 2015.  Patients, staff, volunteers and visitors are warmly invited to drop in at any point during the afternoon to enjoy the mince pies along with finger sandwiches, soft drinks, tea and coffee - and a Christmas Quiz!

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Grace's Party

We have a big Thank You to say to Grace McGowan, who took the opportunity at her Party in November to tell her guests and friends about SSIT and collect donations for the charity.  We met Grace when she took part in the Inter Spinal Unit Games for the victorious Team Salisbury earlier this year - and she has proved again that she is a star, raising more than £1,000!

  Grace and friends
Powered add-ons  
What Are We Funding?

After a busy year of fundraising, SSIT is delighted to be assisting with the purchase of a wide range of equipment for our grant applicants: Lightweight Wheelchairs (top up your Voucher), Adjustable Beds, Handcycles, exercise equipment, a Mobility Scooter, and the very popular powered wheel add-ons and smart drives.  To help you make a good and thorough application to SSIT, we encourage people who are looking for a grant to chat to us first for advice and guidance.  We'd love to hear from you!

Read More About How To Apply
Can you help us make more grants?

Have you ever received a grant from SSIT, or know somebody who has?  If so, please think about whether you can help us by raising funds.  All the money we pay out as grants has to come from our hard-earned fundraising, and donations large or small are always welcome.

See how you can help support our grants fund
  Fundraising to fill our Grants Fund
Sally Mathieson, Wincanton cover pic 2015  
Now We Are (Nearly) Ten

The Southern Spinal Injuries Trust is nearly Ten Years Old!  Pictured here is Sally Mathieson, trustee and originator of the idea that has grown into the charity we are today.  This lovely photo was the cover picture for our Wincanton Raceday 2015 brochure. We will be planning a range of activities and events to help celebrate our tenth anniversary - if you have memories and thoughts to remind us about, please get in touch! Look out too for more information about a celebratory Reception in Salisbury, likely to be held on 14 April 2016.

More about our Tenth Anniversary Reception
Making a Christmas Donation

Please consider making a gift to the Southern Spinal Injuries Trust this Christmas.  You can donate quickly, securely and easily online at our special Virgin Money Giving page (see the link below for more information), and gift aid will be processed for you too if you choose this method.  Cheques can be sent to us in the post, and if you include a gift aid form with that too, we can increase the value of your gift.


Thank you for helping people with spinal cord injuries.

Find out how to give online or by post
  Giving at Christmas
Noel and Cheggars - Swap Shop!  
Swap Shop

After arranging our first "equipment swap" this year, we are planning to introduce a Swap Shop service on a trial basis, to match up equipment to a new owner when it is no longer needed.  We promise it won't be run by Noel Edmunds and Cheggars (are we showing our age?).  At first, the scheme is likely to be open only to people wanting to pass on their good-quality items that were originally funded by SSIT, but no longer needed.  Nothing needs to be swapped in exchange.  Please look for more details in the coming year, but get in touch if you have a good quality item you would urgently like to re-home.

Contact us if you have a SSIT item to pass on
Save These Dates!

2016 promises to be a great year for the Southern Spinal Injuries Trust.  Here are just a few important dates:

  • Tenth Anniversary Reception - 14 April 2016, Salisbury
  • Highclere Castle - exclusive event, 5 July 2016
  • British London 10K - Sunday 10 July 2016

Find more details at our What's On pages as our planning progresses.  Please get in touch if you would like to know more.

Keep watching our What's On pages
  Save the dates
Two Hampshire Gardens visit  
Thoughts of Summer

In these chilly Winter months, we wanted to remind you of the wonderful day enjoyed by guests at our exclusive Hampshire Gardens event, supported by Rosemary Alexander VMM (RHS) - pictured -  and Susan Napier.  Arranged by SSIT trustee Emma Crofton, there was the rare opportunity to visit Sandhill Farmhouse and Kimpton House garden on a lovely June day, with lunch included.  Generous visitors and donors raised more than £6,000 for SSIT's equipment fund.

Sporting round up

Kudos and congratulations to the wonderful people who undertake sporting challenges and sponsored activities to raise funds for SSIT.  Here are some more of our 2015 favourites:

  • Will Warin's Paratriathlon (photo, right), August 2015
  • The wonderful Liss Ladies and their keep fit challenge
  • The formidable Total Warrior team including Emma Weight and Stewart Fraser - Stewart has also cycled, and run the Nottingham Marathon!
  • Tackling the Three Peaks, Abi Frost was inspired by cousin Stu Wright who has earned his GB colours for shooting, supported by SSIT 
  • Incredible fundraising and run by SSIT Chairman, Jeremy Major in the London Marathon 2015
  • And - following the success of our 2015 runners, we have places in the London 10K on Sunday 10 July 2016. Please tell all your running friends or sign up to join our team yourself!
Book your place to run the London 10K in July
  Will Warin ParaTri 2015
Thank You for Supporting SSIT

Here is what you can do to help:

  • Do you know someone who has been given a funding award by SSIT?  Help us to help more people by making a donation to our Award Funds if you can
  • Get together with friends and family to run your own fundraising event for SSIT - follow our Fundraising button below for ideas and inspiration and tell us at about what you are doing
  • Does your workplace or club support charities?  Please nominate the Southern Spinal Injuries Trust - get in touch with us if you would like any help with this
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