Every eight hours someone is paralysed by a spinal cord injury.

Aspire is a national charity that provides practical help to people who have been paralysed by Spinal Cord Injury; it can happen to anyone at any time and no one is prepared for how it will change their life.  Aspire exists because there is currently no cure. We provide practical help to spinal cord injured people in the UK so that they can lead fulfilled and independent lives in their homes, with their families, in work places and in leisure time.

The individual affected will lose muscle and sensory control and the vast majority become full time wheelchair users for the rest of their lives.  Historically, the majority of spinal cord injuries have been sustained by those aged 21 to 30, with nearly three quarters of newly injured people being male, although increasingly it is affecting older people too.

Through its projects and programmes, Aspire offers practical support to the 40,000 people living with a spinal cord injury in the UK so that they can lead fulfilled and independent lives in their homes, with their families, in work places and in leisure time.

Our services include: Aspire Grants, which gives funds to help people buy the specialist equipment they need; Aspire Housing provides fully accessible properties for use on a short-term basis while someone is adapting their property or looking for a permanent home; Aspire Independent Living Advisors work in the Spinal Cord Injury Centres providing advice and guidance to patients; Aspire’s Assistive Technology facilities ensure that everyone, regardless of the level of their injury, has independent access to a computer; Aspire’s free Welfare Benefits Advice Service provides appropriate advice and support, and Aspire campaigns to make changes that benefit every one of the 40,000 people in the UK with a spinal cord injury.

Click here to find out about our core services.