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Following the success of our two previous "Bridge to Bridge" charity cycle rides on behalf of nsif, we have a team of 8 riders (Andrew Cooney, Ronnie Fletcher, Richard Hardy, Ken Hudson, Phil Nevet, Bobby Pye, John Pye and Grant Stables) looking forward to the challenge of riding 250 miles from the Severn Bridge to the Humber Bridge. Once again, we can rely on the services of our support vehicle driver, Dave Waters and his navigator, Steven Pye.
The "Bridge" theme for our rides relates to the basis of the treatment that is being researched/funded via nsif, which looks to bridge the damaged area of the spine to facilitate nerve regrowth and restoration of function to the injured person.
The ride starts in the shadow of the Severn Bridge near Bristol on the morning of Friday 6th September, with a 100 mile ride on day 1 up to Telford. Day 2 sees the riders tackling 80 miles across country to Mansfield, with the 70 mile ride back to the Humber Bridge on Sunday 8th September, followed by a well earned drink that afternoon in the Beech Tree, Kirk Ella.
We are thankful for the commitment of all concerned with this charity cycle ride as we continue to support nsif in their ground-breaking research for a cure for spinal injury. John and Angela Pye established the Hull & East Riding branch of nsif in 2011 after their elder son, Steven, contracted a virus on his spine which left him paralysed from the chest down in 2007. Over the years, his determination and commitment to his recovery have seen him improve to now be able to walk with the aid of sticks and we all remain committed to enabling his further recovery.
The research that nsif funds is at a very exciting time. We are now very close to meeting all the European Medicines Agency’s requirements and the second patient should be ready for the procedure in the first half of 2020. We believe that the continued cooperation between the team at UCL and the Wroclaw Walk Again Project will result in a positive outcome for this patient, which will strengthen the evidence of success of the procedure and help to create a foundation for the future, if the process is scaled up.
On a local level, thanks to the tireless work and generosity of our many friends and supporters, by the end of this year nsif Hull & East Riding is aiming to reach the milestone of raising £100,000 since our formation. As always, we remain very grateful for all donations, so please help us to make 2019 a memorable year !!
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