On 10 August the Spinal Injuries Association’s (SIA) largest ever cycling team helped to mark their 40th Anniversary by completing the Prudential Ride London 100. SIA’s team of 74 riders were amongst the 25,000 cycling enthusiasts who battled the elements over 86 miles shortened course of closed roads through London and Surrey, a route made famous by London 2012.
Mike, Mark and Tom, like many of SIA’s committed team, were taking part in the 100 miles challenge because they have been personally affected by spinal cord injury and wanted a chance to help make a difference.
Mike Farthing took part in the event as part of SIA’s team as a result of an accident he experienced a few years ago. Mike said: “I came off my mountain bike in 2009 and broke my back in two places. Fortunately, despite a piece of bone protruding into my spinal cord, no major damage was caused. It has still been a long journey back to fitness and being able to recover and get back on my bike made me appreciate how lucky I was. I was inspired by the Prudential Ride London 100 last year so thought I would take part this year. I wanted to support SIA because they are a very relevant charity to me and I want to help ensure support is available to people who aren’t as fortune as me”.
Mark Brodermann took part in the event to raise money for SIA for a similar reason. Mark’s son Max is currently making a good recovery after breaking his neck playing sport. Mark said: “There is no shortcut to getting ready for an event like the Ride London 100, it takes time and there are points where you think ‘why am I doing this?’. But then you think of the money you are raising and when you overcome poor weather conditions and complete the event, you realise it really is all worth it.”
Tom Pammenter is taking part in the event for a second time to support his friend who became spinal cord injured in a car accident three years ago. Tom says: “Since a close friend became paralysed in a car accident three years ago, I am consistently reminded of the challenges wheelchair users can face. That’s why I decided take part in this challenging event for a second year running and ride for SIA, to raise awareness of spinal cord injury and the support SIA can provide.”
Every year in the UK over 1,000 people experience a spinal cord injury and there are an estimated 40,000 spinal cord injured people in the UK alone. Spinal cord injury is life changing. It can happen to anyone, at any time. Spinal cord injury often causes paralysis and can also affect many other aspects of a person’s health, including bladder and bowel management, blood pressure regulation and body temperature control.
SIA provides life-long services that offer spinal cord injured people and their families, practical and emotional support, advice and information, empowering them to lead full and independent lives.
Find out how you can support SIA during their 40th Anniversary year at www.spinal.co.uk/page/make40matter
About The Spinal Injuries Association (SIA)
The Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) is the leading national user-led charity for spinal cord injured (SCI) people. Find out more at www.spinal.co.uk