Newsletter June 2018


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In this issue: Spring Brings Sporting Success, Inter Spinal Unit Games, David Knights Raises £4K, Sophie Carrigill Wins Prestigious Award, SPINE AGM 2018, Freemasons Buy Rugby Chairs, Grants Fund Making a Difference, Kevan & Ernie Inducted into Hall of Fame, Sport Fund, Allan Clayton’s #EVERISH Challenge, Contact Us.

Spring Brings Sporting Success

It was a spring to remember as our athletes shone through the miserable weather. We start the round up with Yorkshire Lions spectacular performance at the GBWR’s (Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby) National Championships, held at Medway Park Sports Centre in Gillingham on the weekend of 21st and 22nd April. 

Yorkshire Lions with National Sheild
The top Division 1 teams competed for the cup whilst the top Division 2 teams competed for the shield. Nathaniel Holland of GBWR writes, “Yorkshire Lions picked up the Shield after an impressive weekend, competing alongside fellow Super Series Division Two sides Westcountry Hawks, Caledonian Crushers and West Coast Burn. Lions won all five of their matches including a scintillating 65-36 victory over Hawks in the final.

Led by former GB international, Paul McDerby, the win gives Yorkshire their first domestic trophy since they entered the Super Series at the beginning of the 2015/16 season. Yorkshire star Daniel Wade said, “It was an awesome feeling to win the Shield! The whole squad pulled together and played amazingly in all the games. The win will hopefully stand us in good stead heading into the end of the league season and although top is just out of our reach, second will be a fantastic achievement.” There were also individual awards for Lou Tempest and Paul McDerby, adding to the Lions sensational achievements over the three years since they entered the League. 

Inter Spinal Unit Games 

Pinderfields Inter spinal unit games team.

Our Pinderfields Team were outstanding in the 2018 WheelPower Inter Spinal Unit Games coming fourth out of fourteen teams.

The games were held at Stoke Mandeville, in Aylesbury, between the 16 -20 April and are designed to introduce new Spinal Cord Injured people to sport and activity. On the first day all participants are encouraged to try as many sports as possible such as Wheelchair Basketball, Badminton, Cricket, Rowing, Canoeing, Weightlifting, Table Tennis, Archery, Shooting, Fencing, Hand Biking, Golf and Athletics.

Representing Pinderfields were, Lee York, Sandra Harber, Sue Phillips, Rachel Zivarts, and Graham Bartlett. The supporting staff were Kevin Plowman (Team Manager), Robert Hesp, Emily Smith and Natalie Simmonds.

They won the prestigious Harry Metcalf Trophy, which is named after one of the founders of the Games (the other founder being SPINE Chair Roger Ellis), and is presented to the Unit which has demonstrated ‘Team Spirit’ and ‘Sportsmanship’ not only within their own team but to others. In addition, Lee was overall winner of the Table Tennis and Wheelchair Tennis events and Sandra won the swimming trophy for her excellent performance in the pool and came third in the women’s table tennis event. Kevin Plowman said, “I’m immensely proud that we won the Harry Metcalf Trophy which is down to the wonderful team spirit. We saw some great sporting performances from every individual and brilliant support and help from the support staff.”

Kevin stepped into the role of Team Manager at short notice and much of the team’s success is down to his work as Physical Activities Advisor on the Spinal Unit. His Wednesday sessions have inspired many new patients and he’s become an integral part of the rehabilitation process.

David Knights Raises £4K 

David knights presenting a cheque to trevor herdman and carol ramm

We are grateful to David Knights who chose SPINE as his Captain’s Charity, in his position of Captain of Selby Golf Club, throughout 2017. He is pictured here presenting the final cheque to SPINE Vice Chair Trevor Herdman and SPINE Trustee/Director Carol Ramm. The total raised during the year was £4057, a fabulous amount! 

Sophie Carrigill Wins Prestigious Award 

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Our very own Sophie Carrigill was presented with the very special Gary Hayton Award for outstanding athletic achievement by a junior athlete, at the Yorkshire Disability Sports Awards, Elland Road on 16th March. Sophie was also the guest speaker and did a fantastic job.  SPINE took three tables at the event and took along some of our athletes. 

Sophie is Captain of the GB Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team. She led the team to fourth position at the Rio Paralympics in 2016, improving on their seventh place four years earlier.




SPINE AGM 24th July 2018 

roger ellisRoger Ellis, Chair of SPINE, writes, “Our 7th Annual General Meeting fast approaches and whilst SPINE membership continues to grow, there has been a noticeable slow decline in yearly attendance. Nevertheless advice given to ex-patients takes on a greater role each year together with staff support during these difficult times of NHS bed pressure. The SPINE Trustees have also noted increasing concern in relation to the interface between discharge and community after care. Whilst I know that sitting in meetings is not everyone’s idea of spending a summer evening, a good AGM attendance of members is a most welcoming highlight to the year. This is a source of great encouragement to the representatives that you the members vote for, as well as being a visible reassurance to our sponsors who donate generously towards Spine.

AGM’s are a golden opportunity for members to ask questions and present their point of view to the floor. All discussion is welcome and the basis of sound direction for the future. As Chair I have always tried to stress that membership is the life-blood of any successful organisation. So please do come along and have your say, no matter how controversial.

AGM’s are a source of re-acquaintance for everyone who has been through the centre. An opportunity to renew friendships over refreshment before and after the meeting. So, do please come along – have your say and enjoy the company.”

Freemasons Buy Rugby Chairs 

freemasons presenting cheque to kevan baker

The Freemasons of Yorkshire, West Riding, have kindly donated £9000 towards the cost of two rugby wheelchairs. As a high-impact contact sport, these chairs are built to be robust yet flexible. Top of the range chairs are made to fit the player.

Receiving the cheque is Lions Manager, and SPINE CEO, Kevan Baker OBE. To his right is Provincial Grand Master David Pratt, and to the left is Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies. We would like to thank Karen and Mark Kenyon for making this possible.




Small Grants Fund Making a Difference

Last year, Jeff Sykes was given a grant to make up the shortfall from his Local Authority’s Disabled Facilities Grant. Recently we received the following email:

“Just wanted to say a massive thank you to SPINE for the tremendous help in their financial assistance in the transformation of our bathroom to a useable wet room and ramp access to the front door. This has transformed our lives of every day living, making daily living tasks so much easier. It has given me some degree of independence and dignity back. Once again a massive thank you to everybody at SPINE, keep up the good work. Jeff & Carol Sykes.” 

You’re welcome Jeff. Do you have something you’d like to do that would improve your life but are unable afford? Contact the SPINE office and find out more about the Fund. The remaining dates for considering applications in 2018 are, 9th July, 3rd September and 5th November.

Kevan and Ernie Inducted into Hall of Fame

We are delighted to inform you that this year two Pinderfields Paralympians, Kevan Baker and Ernie Guild, have been inducted into the Stoke Mandeville Hall of Fame. Kevan competed in four Paralympic Games in Discus winning two bronze medals. A former World Record Holder, he also won Gold on three occasions at the International Wheelchair Games. In 2011, as Chair of WheelPower, Kevan was awarded the OBE for voluntary service to Disability Sports.

Ernie competed in Shot Putt for Great Britain in three Paralympic Games, winning gold and bronze medals. Ernie has served as Vice Chair of WheelPower and supported the organisation at its events for many years.

SPINE Sport Fund 

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Following the disbanding of PDS (Pinderfields Disability Sports), reported in our October 2017 newsletter, their monies were transferred to SPINE. The Sport Fund has been established to maintain the excellent work of PDS with the aim of helping in-patients and out-patients participate in sport and activity at Pinderfields Spinal Unit. The intention is to help groups of people rather than any one individual and any equipment purchased will remain on the Spinal Unit.


Allan Clayton’s #EVERISH Challenge 

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Allan continues his challenge to climb some of Britain’s most notable hills, the total height of which is greater than Everest. He said, “It’s been a stop-start experience with the Beast from the East causing me to postpone the iconic Roseberry Topping in North Yorkshire. We’ve had all sorts of weather since and going out in the snow on one of the climbs was, looking back, very dangerous. We did manage to get some sun on Stoney Ridge which gave us some great views looking over a reservoir. On the last climb I really had to push though having a problem with my foot and had to take my boot off a few times to try and sort the problem. What was nice though, thanks to the last newsletter, was a fellow SPINE member’s husband joined us and is going to again. It was a great to be able to give people information about how I manage my Spinal Injury physically and mentally. 

I would love people to join me at the finish line on October 6th around 3pm and then celebrate with drinks and food at the Ben Nevis Inn about 7pm.” For further information contact Allan by email,, or telephone him on 07702310254.

 Contact Us

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SPINE Members can be either Pinderfields Spinal Patients, Family of Patients, or Staff on the Centre. Associate Membership is also available. Membership is FREE. For those who want to join SPINE, or find out more about us contact Kevan Baker OBE, SPINE CEO


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