Charity football match to raise funds for spinal cord injury rehab

On the evening of Thursday, 16 May, Bromborough-based specialist neurological physiotherapy clinic, The Rehab Physio is hosting a charity football match at Tranmere Rovers’ home ground, Prenton Park to enable more people with life-changing spinal cord injuries to access the essential rehabilitation treatment that they need to improve their quality of life.

The Rehab Physio was founded in 2011 by Wirral couple, Chris and Jennifer Wynne. In 2021 they opened a state-of-the-art 3,500 sq ft purpose-built facility providing specialist physiotherapy and intensive rehabilitation to people with life-changing catastrophic injuries and complex neurological conditions, using world-leading robotics and virtual reality.

Timed to take place during the week of Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day (13 May), the event is the result of an innovative partnership between The Rehab Physio, The Rooprai Spinal Trust (RST) and Fletchers Solicitors, aimed at creating opportunities for people who don’t have the financial support to explore their true rehabilitation potential.

The Rehab Physio has been working with The Rooprai Spinal Trust since 2022, a charity which was inspired by Marrianne Rooprai after she was paralysed from the shoulders down in a car accident in 2004.

Together The Rehab Physio and RST are offering funded rehabilitation placements to people with spinal cord injuries, followed by ongoing support with physiotherapy sessions and gym memberships.

Sponsors of the event, Fletchers Solicitors specialises in serious personal injury claims, handling complex cases involving spinal cord injuries, amputation and traumatic brain injuries. Their contribution to the football match, and previous sponsored rehab programmes, aims to make a huge impact to the lives of spinal cord injury patients.

One of the spinal cord injury patients, John on the funded spinal cord injury rehab programme

Founder of The Rehab Physio, Chris Wynne comments, “The benefits, both physical and mental, of rehab post spinal cord injury are extensive. Neuro physio can help with spasticity (muscle stiffness), chronic pain and weight gain as well as preventing bone density deterioration and muscle wastage.

” Physically active patients with spinal cord injuries also reduce the risk of secondary issues such as respiratory illnesses, pressure sores and urinary tract infections. Unfortunately, the cost associated with long-term rehabilitation is a massive hurdle for many people.

“By teaming up with The Rooprai Spinal Trust and Fletchers for this event, our aim is to raise funds to give more people with life-changing spinal cord injuries the opportunity to achieve the best outcomes possible.”

Co-founder of RST, Andy Uttridge comments, “We love working with the Rehab Physio team, our ‘go-to’ centre for the North West. The combination of expertise, technology, warmth and understanding they offer makes them the perfect partner for us.

“I’d also add that the support from Fletchers is really helping to move things to another level; they totally recognise what we’re trying to achieve. However, come 16th May that friendship goes out the window for 90 minutes. Come on TeamRST!”

Nicola Stanwix, Fletchers Solicitors Charities & Partnerships Team Leader, said, “We’re honoured to be able to support The Rehab Physio and The Rooprai Spinal Trust.

“Our mission is to help rebuild the lives of individuals who have suffered serious, life changing injuries and for them to have the very best possible life after injury. We do this, not only through the case work we undertake for injured clients, but also through supporting charities, causes and organisations that share the same mission.”

“We’re proud to be involved in this great cause to raise vital funds and to also raise more awareness of the work that both charities are doing to help improve quality of life for those with spinal cord injuries.”

The event commences at 6pm, with a football match between team members, colleagues and friends of The Rehab Physio, RST and Fletchers, followed by an awards presentation, games and drinks in Legends Bar.

Attendees will have the opportunity to find out more about how the sponsored rehab programmes work and meet team members of the three organisations in an informal setting. Attendees can make donations on the night but the easiest way is to visit the Just Giving page for the event.

Lead image: (L-R) Josh Leadbitter (TRP), Andy Uttridge (The Rooprai Spinal Trust), Nicola Stanwix (Fletchers Solicitors), Chris Wynne (TRP) and centre, Marianne Rooprai, founder and inspiration for The Rooprai Spinal Trust)

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