The Charity has actively supported the brilliant work of the NEURAM Foundation working in Mauritius by sponsoring their Spinal Cord Injury workshops and conferences since 2017
An initial scoping programme took place in November 2012 sponsored by DFID, Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET) and Stewarts Law LLP at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC). It was undertaken by a multidisciplinary team including therapists, nurses and a medical consultant, working at the world renowned National Spinal Injuries Centre, Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire. We proposed and then executed a 3-year education and training project at the KCMC in Moshi Tanzania.
The Stoke Mandeville National Spinal Charity continues to be an official charity for the Hotchillee London to Paris event for which it has entered teams since 2012. Riders have won special accolades over the years, especially the hand cyclists, all spinal cord injured, who have ridden the same course as able bodied cyclists within fully integrated teams all riding at an average speed of over 15.5 mph and over the 3 days, 330 mile event. The handcyclists lead in a 450 strong peloton riding into Paris. Quite spectacular.
If anyone wants to ride for us in 2017 please let us know. Hook up to the Hotchillee website for information.
The charity has been in existence for just 6 years
NEURAM Foundation Conferences
Since 2017 we have also supported conferences organised by the NEURAM Foundation in Mauritus, the latest was a conference on Spasticity in June 2019 NEURAM Foundation Conferences
The charity has also supported the staff and peer support in Tanzania and other African countries to attend the inaugural AFSCIN conference in 2016 and subsequent conferences in 2017 and 2018 helping bridge the SCI services in Africa.
In 2018 Hotchillee embraced the Ride Danny campaign with Susie to celebrate the life of her husband and one of our closest friends, Danny Turnbull who pioneered the first London to Paris cycle ride to include SCI injured handcyclists alongside able bodied cyclists in the Stoke Mandeville Team of 2012.
We continue to actively support the development of the spinal injury unit at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre, (KCMC) in Moshi, Tanzania. The spinal cord injured patients moved into the new dedicated unit in late 2014. The charity funds specialist staff from Stoke Mandeville National Spinal Injuries Centre to provide education and training for staff working in the new unit. The impact has been significant since 2012 when we first got involved with KCMC.
Back then a significant number of Spinal cord injured patients were dying from complications including urinary tract Infections; septicaemia following skin infections to areas where pressure sores went untended; and respiratory infections. It felt like pre 1940s before Professor Ludwig Guttmann came along to pioneer care, treatment and rehabilitation of those suffering spinal cord injury.
The work of Kilimanjaro Association Spinal Injury (KASI) is also supported by our charity and has provided peer support to patients with spinal cord injury and their families. Their latest reports are available on the website. They have also put forward an extended business plan which we supported and extended their work to other areas including Arusha.
A multidisciplinary team visited KCMC again in November 2017 to assess the continued progress and provide some more hands on education and training to the nurse and therapists working there.
London to Paris ... again
2014 London to Paris cycle ride raised £12K for our charity so thank you all for supporting us. The 2015 London to Paris event was sponsored by Patron Capital, Stewarts Law and Twenty3Cycles also raised in excess of £10K for the charity
We are delighted to announce we are again one of the Charity Partners for the Hot Chillee London to Paris event taking place in June 2014. For more information please visit www.londres-paris.com
If you would like to ride for us, please get in touch as soon as possible as places are really limited but we would love to have you along. Places will need to be registered and paid for by 15th March latest.
You can also view the eurosport coverage from last years event here >
Following on from the success of 2013 where we have a strong team of cyclists which included Allie Corps-Bell in his hand cycle, we are delighted to be joining the Hot Chillee peloton when they ride to Paris in June 2014. You can read more about Allie from the Rider Profile in the The Hub, the Hot Chillee magazine. Link to PDF of Allie interview.
On Saturday 22 June the Hot Chillee pelaton rode into Paris after three gruelling days on the road from London and right at the front, leading the way was our very own Allie Corps-Bell who had hand cycled the whole way, with Triple Crown Winner Stephen Roche coming in behind him. It was an amazing scene - watching all the cyclists arrive in the heart of Paris after 500km, but seeing our team cross the line was something very special indeed.
The team riding to Paris for this year has been confirmed! our good friends and supporters at Brewin Dolphin have helped us recruit a team of 13 riders, including two hand cyclists. There are also some support crew giving up their time to drive vans and provide physio support and we are grateful to them for essential help along the way.