Touring Transylvania for Spinal Injury Awareness

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Touring Transylvania for Spinal Injury Awareness

Last year, our Finance Director Andrew Wood took part in the Three Capitals Challenge – an intense journey beginning in Budapest, Hungary, and finishing in Vienna, Austria. Andrew not only completed the three-day cycle ride, but he also raised over £9,000 for The Spinal Injuries Association (SIA), one of the leading support charities for people living with spinal injuries.

Fast-forward a year later and another member of the Helping Hands family is following in Andrew’s footsteps. Our Head of Clinical Care, Melanie Dawson, is taking up the challenge in this year’s event across the historic and captivating region of Transylvania.

Taking up the baton

Having been involved in supporting people with spinal injuries for over fifteen years, Mel is excited to give something back to the SIA and help them continue the hard work that they do.

“I am delighted to be taking up the baton from Andrew for this year’s SIA cycling challenge,” Mel says. “We have been working closely with the SIA for some time now, and have had the pleasure of caring for some amazing people guided by the SIA’s expertise. I have been given a training programme by the SIA and have been training hard for over six months now.”

This year, Mel will be flying to the historic city of Bucharest, Romania, before then cycling for three days all through Transylvania. Her journey will take her through the heart of Dracula Country, visiting the infamous Bran Castle, the stunning Carpathian Mountains, and venturing down memory lane in historical locations like Sighisoara. Once again, Mel will be accompanied by people affected by spinal injuries, an experience she is greatly looking forward to.

“Having the chance to raise money for the SIA and getting the chance to meet some inspirational people is what this event is all about for me,” Mel explains. “In my role as Head of Clinical Care, I have seen first-hand how spinal injuries have impacted on other people, and I have also seen how incredible these people are. Anyone can sustain a spinal injury, but the help that we and the SIA provide means that anyone can have the support they need, and life the life they want. That is so important.”

Care for spinal injuries could be closer than you think

Approximately 50,000 people are currently affected by spinal injuries in the UK. Coming to terms with the injury itself can be incredibly difficult and the affect it has on a person’s lifestyle can be just as overwhelming, however with the right support, you can still live independently.

In the past, Helping Hands has helped people of various ages living with spinal injuries and we have some truly wonderful experiences. One of them, Tim, who has been receiving support from his own dedicated live-in carer since 2014, will even be joining Mel on her tour of Transylvania, and they are both excited about helping each other across the finish line.

Making sure that we provide not just the highest level of care, but also close companionship, seeing how our customers can have the lifestyle they want and the close connection they build with their carers is so rewarding. In the past, our carers have enabled people to still do what matters most to them, even helping them with charity events and university work.

How can you show Mel your support?

Mel will be cycling across Transylvania from 11th to 15th May and is very keen to get going. You can make a donation through her Just Giving page.

Good luck Mel! We are cheering you on!

Contact us today to find out more information about our clinical care services.

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