We are proud to partner with Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research (SMSR) as an official Anniversary Ambassador in celebration of a decade of research and assistance for people dealing with spinal cord injury (SCI). SMSR has launched a fundraising drive to raise £100,000 for SCI research in 2023.

Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research is a charity that provides grants to spinal cord injury researchers focussing on priority areas, each of which affects the quality of life of people living with SCI. SMSR has already funded extensive published research in the past decade.

“In 2023 it will be 10 years since we pledged to put quality of life at the centre of our research efforts for people with spinal cord injury,” SMSR says. “Since then we have committed nearly £1 million to finding treatments and solutions to the major complications of spinal cord injury, including pressure ulcers, pain, urinary tract infections and upper limb function.

“This year we’re looking to raise an additional £100,000 to kickstart our next 10 years of research so we can make even more breakthroughs in the prevention and treatment of secondary complications to improve quality of life for people living with spinal cord injury.”

Clare Salmon says: “We are delighted to support the fantastic work done by Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research. At Stewarts, we conduct more spinal cord injury cases than any other law firm and see first-hand the devastating impact of SCI upon those affected and their families.”

Emma Lyons says: “Research to help develop treatments and therapies to improve the quality of life for SCI patients is vitally important. Through working with clients and in conversations with those linked to Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research for our Soundbites series, I have seen the real tangible benefits of the great work they do. We look forward to supporting their efforts throughout their 10th anniversary year and beyond.”

The 10th anniversary campaign will include events throughout the year, with numerous opportunities to donate and fundraise.


Stewarts and Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research

As part of our Stewarts Soundbites series, we have discussed SCI rehabilitation with artist, filmmaker and Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research Ambassador Davey Jose; and Dr Heba Lakany, a leading researcher in upper limb exoskeleton technology currently working on a project funded by SMSR.

Davey discussed his experience of undertaking his formative educational years at a special school in the 1980s, his transition into mainstream education, his journey through higher education (studying Computer Science and Mathematics at Trinity College, University of Cambridge) and his keen interest in drawing and painting and how this impacted upon his life and rehabilitation. He kindly agreed to join us to reflect upon his experience of the therapeutic power of art and creativity during a rehabilitation programme following catastrophic injury.


Dr Lakany and her team have done pioneering work to develop assistive devices for people with severe motor disabilities. The potential of the proposed technology is huge in empowering both clinicians and patients to better manage movement impairment for people with upper limb paresis. She is currently working on an SMSR-funded project to assess upper limb robotic exoskeleton for rehabilitation of spinal cord injured survivors.




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