Warm-hearted staff at Carole Nash can now see the fundraising finishing post having collected 85% of the £15,000 needed to build a specialist gym to help people recover from serious spinal injuries.
Nearly £13,000 has now been raised in aid of national charity BASIC – the Brain and Spinal Injuries Centre. The money is set to fund a new gymnasium kitted out with specialist equipment such as cardio-vascular apparatus to speed the recovery of patients.
The gym will be sited at BASIC’s dedicated facility in Salford, Greater Manchester and complement its existing services which include counselling, therapy, outreach work and advice for people recovering from a severe head or spinal injury. Affiliated to the Greater Manchester Clinical Neuroscience Centre BASIC supports people who have suffered a traumatic brain injury or neurological diagnosis. Among the varied work it does BASIC assists people who have suffered a brain haemorrhage, tumour and other brain-related conditions such as stroke and brain cancer.
But it is for those who have suffered spinal damage who will benefit from the new gym once the magic milestone of £15,000 has been reached. Carole Nash’s fundraising efforts have been led from the top with chief executive David Newman raising nearly £9,000 when he undertook an Arctic challenge last April. David braved furious storms, fast drifting ice and biting 60mph winds as he skied across unforgiving Arctic terrain towards the North Pole in aid of the charity. Meanwhile staff fundraising initiatives included taking part in the Manchester to Blackpool cycle ride and Great North Run.
Asked why he undertook such a gruelling challenge David said: “I and my colleagues have visited the Centre a number of times and seen first hand the brilliant and varied work it does. I was already planning to take on the Arctic project as a testing personal challenge and saw an opportunity to simultaneously raise vital money to fund a much needed facility. I’m immensely proud to be able to support such a worthwhile cause and one which is close to the hearts of many here at Carole Nash.”
Now he and his Carole Nash colleagues are urging the public to support the cause by donating to BASIC via David’s justgiving page. “We’re so close to hitting that all important target and it would be great if bikers and other members of the public could make a donation, no matter how small to help us on our way,” said David. “Every penny counts and could help make a real difference to people whose lives have been affected by a serious spinal injury.”
Notes to Editors:
1. BASIC was founded by Bolton businessman Derek Gaskell after his wife returned home following life saving brain surgery at Hope Hospital, Salford. Initially she was unable to do anything for herself being incapable of walking or talking and suffering depression. Over many years she made a good recovery but affected by the experience Mr. Gaskell launched Neurosurgical Research (later named the Brain & Spinal Injuries Centre) in 1986. Today it provides counselling, information and support services locally, regionally and national for patients and their families. Its achievements include funding life-saving technology for the Greater Manchester Clinical Neuroscience Centre and funding the UK’s first specialist subarachnoid haemorrhage nurse. For further details visit http://basiccharity.org.uk
2. Carole Nash was ranked as the UK’s 40th biggest UK insurance broker in August 2010 by Insurance Times magazine and employs over employs over 300 staff in the UK and Ireland. It provides motorcycle insurance for some 300,000 classic, vintage, modern, custom and off road motorcycles – around 20 percent of all licensed machines. Its market-leading status has also been confirmed by the independent bikers’ survey, RiDER Power, which has found the company the Most Used Broker in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. The company is also a leading player in the classic car sector with its portfolio also spanning modern car, van, military vehicle, travel and home insurance.
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Carole Nash Insurance Consultants, 110 Manchester Road, Altrincham, WA14 1NU
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