With summer sunshine starting to appear, the Southern Spinal Injuries Trust is delighted to help people get out and about by making grants for lighter-weight wheelchairs, power add-ons like eMotion wheels and the Smartdrive, and a wide range of handcycles and hybrid cycles like the one pictured above. We paid or promised 18 grants in 2015, and since then have approved another 14. We have helped people progress in specialist sports (wheelchair rugby, wheelchair basketball), worked alongside the Motability scheme to help with wheelchair storage/hoists for car drivers, and provided adjustable beds that not only meet a basic clinical need but also work better for family life and independence. Some of our grants are profiled on our website, so
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None of this would be possible without the generous donations and fundraising support of many people and organisations. All of the money that SSIT gives out as grants, has to first of all come in to the charity as a donation. Some special thanks this time to Irwin Mitchell Solicitors (read more about their help in some of the articles below); the Wells Rotary and Dr Andy Coulson, holding a fantastic Tramps Night Out party and fundraising; Wincanton Golf and Racecourse; trustee Paul Smart who held a party for SSIT; and Gerald Simonds Ltd.
Read on to find out what else has been happening, and more about what's coming soon. Don't forget to return to the newsletter if you follow any of the weblinks!