Regain, the charity for sports tetraplegics, is excited to announce its new fundraising appeal, Transforming Lives. Aiming to raise one million pounds, the Transforming Lives campaign was officially launched at the Waldorf Hotel on Thursday 22nd November by the charity’s founder and chairman, Lord Ivar Mountbatten, and former Olympic swimmer and Regain patron, Mark Foster.
Announcing the Transforming Lives campaign, Lord Mountbatten commented: “Regain has been providing tetraplegics with extensive support for almost 30 years and is the only UK charity dedicated solely to improving the independence of British men and women who have become tetraplegic as a result of sporting accidents. The charity has so far helped some 3,500 sporting tetraplegics to regain their independence, and the Transforming Lives campaign will allow our support to reach even more people in need.”
Tetraplegia is paralysis causing partial or total loss of use of all four limbs and torso. In the UK, between 800 and 1,200 people are paralysed each year, with around half of these becoming tetraplegics. Many of the injuries occur through everyday activities such as social and leisure activities.
Government funding and resources to aid tetraplegics are limited and vary in quality, especially during this era of austerity. Support provided by Regain is both practical and emotional, ranging from helping those affected perform day-to-day tasks, to helping them cope with the psychological strain on sufferers and their family and friends.
Mark Foster (pictured on the left) commented: “Transforming Lives’ aim to raise one million pounds will help Regain to expand their operations, enabling, among other things, the provision of grants for specialist equipment including sports and powered wheelchairs, hand cycles, computers with voice activated software and fees for educational and vocational courses.”
Regain is also pleased to announce the launch of its new website, which provides further information on Regain’s work and details on how to get involved.
Please visit www.regainsportscharity.com.