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Newsletter October 2018

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Registered Charity Status Charity No. 1163910

In this issue: Cherl’s Gala Holiday, SPINE Christmas Cards 2018, Our President Speaks, Incontinence Day, Stop Press, Meet Adrian Hirst, Yorkshire Lions Promoted to Division 1, Lions Awards Dinner, Wayne Cunningham Unsung Hero Award, SPINE AGM Round Up, Contact Us.

Cheryl’s Gala Holiday

Cheryl Scarth was the lucky winner of a week’s holiday donated by Glynis Kenny as first prize at last year‘s SPINE Gala Dinner. Glynis has a villa, Casa-de-Flores, in Javea southern Spain. Cheryl said, ‘My family and I visited the villa in July this year. It’s situated in a very exclusive area of Javea and is well equipped for disabled and able bodied alike. It’s extremely spacious with enough bedrooms to accommodate two families.  

Photo of the pool in Cheryl’s Gala holiday

The pool and gardens are amazing. The pool in particular needs a special mention, it’s huge and very private with a hoist ensuring disabled guests don't miss out on the fun. We spent many a happy hour soaking up the sun in the beautiful setting. There are a selection of restaurants in close vicinity to the villa allowing us to enjoy a meal  out or a lazy takeaway at home.

Photo of the Scarth family

The villa is a short drive from the lovely town of Javea on the seafront. The beach here is beautiful with plenty of restaurants and shops to choose from. If you need assistance to help you onto the beach or into the sea, it can be arranged in advance. This is a service provided by the local council and their number can be found, along with lots of other useful information provided by Glynis. 

We all had a fabulous, relaxing week and would wholeheartedly recommend the villa. A big thank you again Glynis from a very happy Scarth family.’ If you’d like to book a holiday at Casa-de-Flores, contact Glynis at


SPINE Christmas Cards 2018

This year’s cards have been painted by Arts@Pinders members Cheryl Scarth, Jonny Haigh, Les Jones, Carol Ramm, David Garbiak and Trevor Herdman. They’re on sale in now and cost £5 per pack. Each pack contains one of each design.

Cheryl Scarth Christmas card

Jonny Haigh Christmas cardLes Jones Christmas card







Carol Ramm Christmas and

David Garbiak Christmas carsTrevor Herdman Christmas card






Our President Speaks

Roger Greenwood

Readers, your splendid and determined editor said it was about time that I, as your President, contributed to the Spine newsletter. He helpfully suggested that I should pen a brief career summary and then spell out in headline terms the history of my involvement with the Spinal Injuries Unit at Pinderfields. 

So here goes. I used to be Roger Greenwood off Yorkshire Television, but for the past thirty years I’ve been Roger Greenwood who used to be on Yorkshire Television. It’s been what you might describe as an on and off career, but nearly always dominated by a love of sport and sports people. 

Imagine being paid good money to make films with Leeds United in their glory days, Geoffrey Boycott at his most controversial, Richard Dunn as he fought Muhammad Ali in Munich, Sebastian Coe as he burst onto the athletics scene and, more pertinently, with a group of young hooligans from the Spinal Injuries Centre at Pinderfields who were doing the same as Seb but in wheelchairs.

My fifteen years with YTV certainly shaped my subsequent role as an independent producer and provided the roots to allow my company to flourish, creatively if not financially. Having made umpteen films with Roger Ellis and his gang of athletes during my time with Yorkshire Television, the opportunities to do bigger and better things happily blossomed as an independent.

I made the film which launched the Stepping Stones Appeal in 1989 and three years later travelled to the Paralympics in Barcelona to record the exploits of every Yorkshire athlete, including, of course, your Chief Executive Kevan Baker who, that year, won the bronze medal in the discus competition. I’ll never forget the thumbs up and the grin of real pride he gave to our camera as he left the Olympic stadium. Twenty-six years on, the smile and that pride in performance are unchanged. The only thing that’s really changed is his haircut!

Incontinence Day

 ‘Invaluable’, ‘Thank you SPINE', ‘Just learned somethinPhoto of group of people at incontinence dayg I never knew.' Just a few of the favourable comments we received at the first Incontinence Open Day at our Spinal Centre on 30th August.

More than 40 people came during the day and looked at new or alternative products and took benefit from their experts who had stalls. It was a truly unique opportunity to speak to experts about product ranges and home delivery options, whether it be catheters, sheaths, bags, bowel irrigators etc. All suppliers were represented, Coloplast, Wellspect, SIA Healthcare, Hollister and B Braun. SPINE will organise another in the New Year.


***Stop Press***

Mr Jamil, Consultant on the Spinal Unit, has retired following many years service. SPINE would like to thank him for all he has done for patients and wish him a happy retirement.

Beverly Swales has been appointed as the Spinal Centre’s new Ward Manager. 

Meet Adrian Hirst 

Adrian Hirst Adrian was elected to the Board of Trustees at July’s AGM. Before his accident he was a Chartered Minerals Surveyor. ‘My passion is Brass Bands. I have played Bass Trombone for the famous Black Dyke Band for over 25 years. During that time I have enjoyed much success and played in in fantastic concert halls such as the Royal Albert Hall, Carnegie Hall New York and Sidney Opera House.

On 11 March 2017, my wife Karen and I set out on my motorbike. As we were heading towards Cawood a car pulled out from a cross roads and my bike slammed into the side of the it. Karen flew over the roof and slid along the road, I flew over the bonnet and hit a barrier. Karen shattered her pelvis and and I broke multiple bones. My Spinal Cord was injured around T8, T9 and T10 leaving me with an incomplete SCI. I was Air lifted to Leeds General Infirmary where I spent four weeks in a coma.  Once I was ‘back in the room’ I was transferred to the Spinal Injury Unit where I spent the next five months.

Since my discharge, we’ve moved to a bungalow, I’ve retired from work and am slowly getting back to playing the trombone again. I am really keen to keep a close connection with the Spinal Unit and was delighted to have recently become a member of the SPINE Board. I look forward to helping in any way I can.’


Yorkshire Lions Promoted to Division 1

Lions gained promotion to Division 1 following their triumphant win at the Division 2 Wheelchair Rugby Super Series held on the weekend of 21st and 22nd of July. Manager Kevan Baker writes, ‘After Lions beat Liverpool RGC and Ospreys on the Saturday, they set themselves up for Sunday’s semi-final against Caledonian Crushers, who they also beat. This led to a final between Lions and Hawks. Hawks were a formidable foe, especially as they were back to full strength. As the final developed Hawks climbed to a 7 point lead and, despite Lions fighting hard, it took some time to begin eating away at the lead. Only in the dying moments of normal time did they pull it back to draw. This meant extra time and of course Lions came out on top. The game was wonderful to watch and I can only applaud the tenacity and sheer guts of the Lions to grind out this win from a very good Hawks team.’

Lions Awards Dinner

Yorkshire Lions Wheelchair Rugby had a wonderful Annual Awards night on 26th August. With much to celebrate after a superb season, the Annual Awards went to:-

Liz Whitehurst & Gav Shaw for joint Volunteer of the Year. Lou Tempest for Players Player of the Year. Josh Tudge for Coaches Player of the Year. Paul McDerby for Most Valuable Player. Congratulations to all of them.

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Lions award dinner

Lou Tempest

Lions award dinner

Lions award dinner





Wayne Cunningham Unsung Hero Award

Wayne Cunningham There can be few of our readers who don’t know Wayne. He’s been a familiar face around the Spinal Unit for many years and the driving force behind SURF (Spinal Unit Recreation Fund) organising a packed calendar of events for both in and ex patients. This year his work has been recognised by the Community Foundation for Wakefield District when he received the Unsung Hero Award. Of over 500 votes cast he won by a significant majority. 

He is also a former Board member of SPINE and we would like to add our congratulations on this well deserved award.







The following people were all elected to the Board of Trustees for the Kevan Baker and Roger Ellisnext two years. All are Spinal Injured: Carol Ramm, Joyce Harrow, Kevin Plowman, Nicola Cundall and Adrian Hirst.

The following bullet points are taken from the Summary of the Annual Report for the 2018 AGM. A full copy can be obtained from the SPINE office, email spine.pinderfields@gmail.

  • SPINE’s big Gala Dinner was a great success but the number of wheelchairs users attending was poor.
  • We have had enormous success enabling applicants changing from DLA to PIP.
  • We worked with Pinderfields Disability Sports as they sadly closed down their Charity. All monies were transferred to SPINE and ring fenced for sports activities in the spirit of the original Charity.
  • Our relationship with Stepping Stones remains solid. We administrate all their expenditure in the Centre. Apart from equipment, they provide funds for the SPINE Grants.
  • The Art Group continues strongly and the sale of Christmas Cards, Painted Glass, and Tags etc raised over £2000. The Flower Arranging Group and Craft Group have restarted.
  • SPINE continues to run our successful KITS Meetings in Hull.
  • SPINE sailed through our first annual Audit Review. We are now like a small business.
  • It has been a remarkable year of sport for the Unit. Our Yorkshire Lions won the Yorkshire Bash, the Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby National Shield and were promoted to Division 1. Our Team did enormously well at Inter Spinal Unit Games at Stoke Mandeville in April winning the overall endeavour trophy and two individuals winning trophies and honours.
  • In terms of our long term staffing problems at the Centre, SPINE continues to be involved in discussions and pressure for these to be resolved.
  • SPINE has also been involved in discussions concerning the overall Centre Financing.
  • We have been involved in running patient research projects throughout the year..
  • SPINE continues to maintain the Blue Badge Parking Permit system and concessions.


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