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Jerry’s Big Push: the Great Manchester Run

Over at Helping Hands, we’ve been humbled and inspired by one of our incredible customers, Jerry Ward from Cheshire. Affectionately known as “Fatty” to his family, Jerry sustained a serious spinal injury in 2007, which brought an end to a rewarding career within aviation. After several months of surgery and recovery, Jerry is passionate about […]

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Jerry’s road to recovery

Overcoming obstacles after a spinal cord injury The life of Cheshire-based commercial airline pilot, Jerry Ward, was turned upside down after an accident in the ocean in Mexico left him paralysed from the neck down. With a spinal cord injury, and receiving ongoing home care support, Jerry is determined to continue living life to the […]

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Touring Transylvania for Spinal Injury Awareness

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 […]

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Andrew’s SIA challenge: so it starts – Day One

Andrew, our Finance Director, is cycling from Budapest to Vienna to raise money for the Spinal Injuries Association. Read Andrew’s first update as he travels to Hungary, excited for the challenge ahead. “So, after not nearly enough sleep, the day begins early.” “Leaving from Heathrow, I meet up with the group at 6:20 am. Most […]

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Trip around the world with my Carer

Sri Lanka with my Helping Hands Live-in Carer Brian Scarffe, a 25 year-old with a passion for travel, has been a Helping Hands customer since October 2015. Living with a C5 complete spinal injury, he was looking for a PA who understood his routine, enabled his independent lifestyle – and who would be able to […]

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Our talented Christmas card artist

Meet our Christmas card Artist Ann has been a Helping Hands customer since July, and is busy proving that her Multiple Sclerosis doesn’t hold her back from pursuing her life as an artist. You might recognise Ann from the back of our beautiful Christmas cards – can you believe she painted that wonderful snowy landscape […]

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