Southern Spinal Injuries Trust selected as charity of the year

09 Jul 2019

The Southern Spinal Injuries Trust has been selected as Trethowans charity of the year for the Salisbury office.

Staff at the law firm say they are looking forward to a year of fundraising for the worthy cause, which has strong links to issues Trethowans often deals with.

The Southern Spinal Injuries Trust raises money to help people living with spinal cord injury in the South and South West of England. It provides grants for items such as specialist equipment to enable greater independence and quality of life.

Trethowans has always been a strong supporter of such initiatives and holds a dinner every year to raise money for spinal injury causes.

Chris Whiteley, managing partner at Trethowans, says: “Our personal injury team does a great deal of work supporting people who have suffered spinal injuries. We know first-hand just how important charities like these are to people going through a tough time, and their families too. The grants provided by The Southern Spinal Injuries Trust can make a profound difference to those people and help make life a little bit easier.”

The Southern Spinal Injuries Trust could well get a significant boost as a result of being the Salisbury office’s charity of the year. The firm’s local team raised nearly £4,000 for Salisbury Trust for the Homeless, its previous charity of the year.

Among the people who have welcomed Trethowans’ support of the charity is James Price, who had a severe spinal injury in 1999 which rendered him quadriplegic and paralysed below the chest, with limited use of his hands and upper body. The trust bought him a wheelchair electric clip, which he says transformed his life. He said: “I can now even go on a beach, which is something I have never been able to do without immense struggle and disappointment. SSIT stepped up when no others could and made my life just brilliant. I now have so much to thank them for and I’m grateful to the businesses like Trethowans which support them.”

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