Every eight hours someone is told the news that they are permanently paralysed as result of spinal cord damage. Spinal cord injury is life changing and often impacts not just on the individual but on the people around them too. This Spinal Cord Injuries Awareness Day, the Spinal Injuries Association aims to raise awareness of the impact of spinal cord injury on individuals and their families and friends. As part of this, the national charity is pleased to be launching a brand new Families and Friends leaflet to offer advice and guidance from our members. Following on from an Open University evaluation of our Peer Support Service last year, which found that 68% of families and friends felt more positive about the future after meeting a Peer Support Officer, we wanted to increase the support we offer to the loved ones of spinal cord injured people. As a result we have developed this new leaflet in collaboration with friends and families, to share their experience of spinal cord injury and the support they have received from the Spinal Injuries Association. The leaflet also includes a Top 10 Tips for families and friends dealing with the impact of a spinal cord injury on a loved one.
In addition, over 90 people will be holding a Great British Fish and Chip Supper with their families and friends to help raise awareness of spinal cord injury and will be aiming to beat their target of raising more than £10,000 for the Spinal Injuries Association.
The Spinal Injuries Association’s Families and Friends leaflet will be available from their Peer Support Officers, in Families and Friends membership welcome packs or you can request a copy by calling us on 01908 604191. More information about how you can get involved in the charity’s Great British Fish and Chip Suppers in 2016 please visit www.spinal.co.uk