About Us

SPINE is the ‘voice’ of the Pinderfields Spinal Cord Injured population and we aim to:


    • A means of communicating to SCI Patients and Associated Members who wish to receive updates and news of Spinal Injury Centre related information.
    • The maintenance of good links and relationships with Mid Yorkshire Hospital Trust Management.
    • The maintenance of good links and relationships with the Mid Yorkshire Hospital Trust Patient Experience activities.
    • Assistance to Spinal Injury Centre Management on the Business Planning of the Centre from a Patient perspective.
    • Assistance to the Spinal Injury Centre on the effective delivery of Sport, Recreational advice and Physical Activity for All Patients, including ‘out of hours activities’. Including the requisite Risk and Health & Safety analysis. NB – Under Mid Yorkshire Hospital Trust Guidelines.
    • Assistance to the Spinal Injury Centre on any ‘outside of Centre’ recreational activities. With the requisite Risk & Health & Safety analysis. NB – Under the Mid Yorkshire Hospital Trust Guidelines.
    • Clear and accurate information to enable Stepping Stones Ltd to make decisions on the purchase of Spinal Injury Centre specific equipment.
    • Establish and maintain good links with any organisations who actively support the needs of SCI (e.g. Aspire, BackUp, WheelPower, Spinal Injuries Association etc)
    • Establish and maintain good links with all Spinal Injury Centres in Great Britain and abroad.

Our Achievements

    • Revamp Dining Room

      If you have visited our Spinal Injuries Centre at Pinderfields then you couldn’t help noticing the inspirational wall decorations in our Patient Dining Room.  SPINE worked for 2 years to research our Pinders Paralympians over the decades to bring to you a wall dedicated to their successes (The room was officially opened on 22nd September 2014 by Sir Philip Craven, President of the International Paralympic Committee and Jules Preston MBE, Chair of the Mid Yorkshire Hospital Trust) .  Another wall displays the 18 Summer Paralympic Sports that wheelchair athletes compete in (there are further sports but entry is not permissible to wheelchair athletes – such a Blind Events).  A further wall shows inspirational quotes, with the boldest being ‘I am not what happened to me but what I choose to become’. We hope that this becomes a motto for our Patients.  Please take some time to visit and have a look.

    • Set up arts@pinders

      One of the first activities that SPINE established was arts@pinders, a regular Monday afternoon group who like to draw, paint, craft. Activities are arranged over 4 week cycles, so that in-patients and ex-patients alike can be introduced to a variety of skills. Typical offers have been, Fimo, glass painting and silk painting. Our expert tutors Jon Clayton and David Wilders are ex-patients and are accomplished artists themselves, they are often assisted by experts such as, David Cawthorne, who is an experienced silt painter.  The arts@pinders group is sponsored by Coloplast who have supported this activity since it began. Go along and have a go (every Monday from 2pm – 4pm in the Dining Room).

    • Yorkshire Lions Wheelchair Rugby Team

      Early after SPINE was formed we were asked to re-introduce sports and physical activities.  We asked Members what they would like us to do and the resounding answer was, to set up a wheelchair rugby team.  We identified a few keen tetraplegics and ‘the Lions’ were born in 2013.  Since that time specialist wheelchairs have been purchased and the correct supporting equipment.  Allan Smith (an ex-paralympian and past wheelchair rugby player) agreed to Coach the Squad and they have grown from strength to strength.  Their home is Pinderfields but they often train at Featherstone Sports Club as a full sized basketball court is required.  The Yorkshire Lions will join the national league in September 2015 and a series of friendly games are being arranged of them in the run up. For more information see the Yorkshire Lions section of this website.

    • KITS – Hull

      Due to the popularity of KITS (‘Keep In Touch Session’) – Pinderfields, set up by Carol Ramm and Peter Hanley some years ago we decided to review where geographically our ‘groups’ are situated within the region. The next largest groups (after Wakefield and district) are in Hull and the surrounding area, so we set about identifying a venue to meet in Hull.  Our friends at Rotary helped us by arranging for the KITS Hull group to meet at the city Salvation Army Citadel. So we set up the group some months ago so that our Hull Members do not have to travel to Pinderfields. We hope that as time goes by the numbers of attendees grows. If you are local to Hull email us (spine.pinderfields@gmail.com) and come along for a tea/coffee and a good old ‘chin wag’ on any issues.

      Rotary International

    • Challenge the Status Quo

      There is no issue to do with Spinal Cord Inured people that SPINE would would shy away from. We are constantly working to improve every facility at the Spinal Injuries Centre and the lifetime ongoing care for our Members. If you have a problem then contact us?

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