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SPINE Newsletter February 2018

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In this issue: 
Art Sales Break All Records, Jon Clayton, Angie Cullen: Bin There, Done That, Yorkshire Lions Update, David Knight DJK Mobility Consultant, Allan Clayton’s #EVERISH Challenge, New Spinal Centre Consultant Dr Siddeshwar Patil, Steven “Harry” Harrison, New Patients Manual, Craft Group, Contact Us

Art Sales Break All Records!

Art@Pinders Group give the thumbs up

The Art@Pinders Group Christmas sales topped £2000 for the first time. Along with the Christmas Cards they sold Glassware, Gift Tags and Bookmarks over three days in Pinderfields main entrance. Mandy Patrice deserves a special mention. She painted forty-one glass containers, all of which were sold. The proceeds will pay for all the materials used by the group throughout the year.

Art@Pinders meets every Monday afternoon, 2-4pm, in the Spinal Centre Dining Room. Join them and unleash your hidden talents.




Jon Clayton 

jon artist

Following a period of ill health last year, Jon Clayton has reluctantly stepped down from his roles for SPINE. He was on the Board of Trustees from the beginning back in 2011. A talented mouth artist, he was also the driving force behind the Arts@Pinders Group. His talents, contributions, personality and sense of humour will be sorely missed.






Bin There, Done That 

Angie Cullen

Angie Cullen raised £700 selling her knit ware alongside the Art@Pinders group at their three Christmas sales days. A prolific knitter, Angie filled her trestle table on each occasion. She decided to give the money to SPINE to buy fifteen sensor bins which allow the bin opened without touching them. Currently all the bins in the hospital, including the Spinal Centre, are foot operated making it impossible for our patients to use them. The bins cost £34.49 and require batteries, which will be bought separately. The money left over will be used to buy replacement batteries and cover any other maintenance costs which arise.




Yorkshire Lions Update

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Division 2 Super Series

The final Division 2 Super Series venue and dates to complete this season will take place at Leicester Arena on the 3/4 March 2018. Lions are joint 2nd with 3 other teams and if they finish 2nd outright, they’ll be in the playoff for promotion to Division 1. This would be a tremendous achievement for a team that only joined the league 3 years ago! Come and give them your support, you won’t be disappointed. For further details contact the SPINE office.

***STOP PRESS*** The Super Series as cancelled due to the bad weather. No more information is available at this time.

GB Talent Development Squad

Following a rigorous national selection process, a series of selection days were held around the country which had athletes represented from 14 GBWR clubs. As a result we are pleased to announce that the 4 of our athletes have been selected for the GB Talent Development Squad. Congratulations go to Josh Tudge, Byron White, Jamie Shaw and Louisa Tempest.

David Knight DJK Mobility Consultants 

David Knight

David Knight has been involved in the design and build of WAV’s (wheelchair accessible vehicles) and vehicle adaptations for over 35 years. This is both for drivers and passengers and covers every type of vehicle from small family cars up to combine harvesters.

He said, “Obviously passenger vehicles are relatively simple with the majority of people needing either a rotating seat or rear access WAV. For drivers it becomes more specialised with each vehicle being a bespoke build. This ranges from those who only need simple push/pull hand controls to those who enter and drive from their wheelchairs. Depending on the ability of the individual they may require complex adaptations. 

I now work as a an independent disability consultant, mainly as an expert witness following medical negligence cases or major traumas through accidents. I have offered my services to advise and assist spinal patients, past and present. This includes advising on possible funding and a full assessment of needs.” 

If you’d like to discuss anything with David he can be contacted through the SPINE office, direct by email at  or telephone 07921 855119.





Allan Clayton’s #EVERISH Challenge 

Allan Clayton

Allan Clayton is climbing over the equivalent of Mount Everest around the hills and mountains of the UK in 8 months. “I will be walking up some iconic UK peaks including Scafell Pike, Snowdon and finishing by attempting to climb Ben Nevis. The combined peaks will be more than the height of Everest. This is going to be a difficult challenge for me. In 1999 I was involved in a serious road traffic accident resulting in a spinal cord injury where I broke C4,C5 and C6 leaving me with just 20% chance of being able to use my limbs again. After spending months in rehab and in a wheelchair, I was lucky enough to manage to learn to walk again. I was told that I would be back in a wheelchair by the time I reach the age of 40. My physical ability now is a day to day struggle. I cannot walk more than 50 yards without a rest and have to push through the pain  with every footstep. But I want to be able to climb to the views I may not be able to see while I still can. I will be raising sponsorship money for two important charities along my journey; SPINE and Turning Point, a counselling service based in Brighouse where I currently volunteer. Since my rehabilitation I struggled with mental health and have now embarked on helping others by studying to be a counsellor myself.”

Allan with his support group

Allan has already completed some of the climbs so here are a few of those coming up:

• 18th March Roseberry Topping and Captain Cook’s Monument, 1050 Ft and 1063 Ft
• 13th April Stone Ridge, Yorkshire Dales 1423 Ft
• 28th April Glaisdale Ridge and Danby High Moor, 1417 Ft and 1319 Ft
• 26th May Scafell Pike, Lake District 3209 Ft
• 27th May Helvellyn, Lake District 3118 Ft

He says, “I would love supporters, to come join me on any of the walks along the way so please get in touch.” You can contact Allan by email, or telephone him on 07702310254.

Join his Facebook group at:
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New Spinal Centre Consultant 

Dr. Siddeshwar Patil

Dr. Siddeshwar Patil is a new Consultant at the Spinal Centre. He said, “After completing my formal training and medical schooling in India within Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, I came to the UK in 2004. I completed the Professional and Linguistic Assessment Board examinations and went on to do rotation encompassing surgical branches mainly Trauma and Orthopaedics. Prof.W.S.El Masry introduced me to Spinal Injuries Rehabilitation and I took an instant liking to it. After working in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation at a Senior grade at Oswestry, I became the First National Institute for Health Research Academic Clinical Fellow in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation in the country. I trained under Mr.Jamil, Mr.Raza and Charterhouse Professor Rory O’Connor, as part of my training before completing and joining Yorkshire Regional Spinal Injuries. I have written papers on Cystourethroscopy and Functional Electrical Stimulation in peer reviewed journals and presented them at ISCOS, ISPRM, ASIA and Guttmann meetings.” 

Steven “Harry” Harrison 

Steven Harrison

Steven Harrison is best known as the face of the Yorkshire Lions, as his image appears on the back of their trailer. What few people realise is that Steven, a C5/6 quadriplegic following an accident in America in 1998, is also an accomplished artist with a BA in Contextual Art and an MA in Art Psychotherapy, both achieved after his accident. He has an impressive portfolio of his work and has held two exhibitions. Pictured here with Spinal Injuries Consultant Mr Raza, this painting is different to his usual subjects. He was asked by a former Army colleague to capture soldiers on manoeuvres enjoying some downtime. The painting is set in the Army Training Camp near Leyburn, North Yorkshire.

Steven started the painting two years ago but after putting in 30 hours the canvas was damaged and he stopped working on it. Around this time he was diagnosed with anxiety and depression. As part of his treatment he attended Right Steps to Work, a voluntary programme aimed at supporting unemployed people back into work. They had an art group which Harry joined. He repaired the canvas, making it a feature of the painting, and began again, determined to complete it. Using dark and light greys gives the subject a distinct atmosphere.

New Patients Manual

Work has begun on a new Patients Manual as it has been over a decade since the last one. The idea behind this new, modern manual is that patients can be given a copy before they are transferred to the Spinal Centre to allow them and their wider families to begin to familiarise themselves with the Spinal Centre. The manual will be the Patients’ to keep and ultimately take home at discharge as a reference text. It will be an A5 ring binder, to allow sections to be updated over time without having to replace the entire manual. We will feature it in a future edition of the newsletter once it has been completed.

It will include all aspects of Spinal Centre’s treatment and rehabilitation services, patient support groups and local accessible attractions.

Craft Group 

Valentines CardLouise Barker has formed a craft group which meets in the Spinal Centre Dining Room every Monday, 2-4pm. They’re focusing on cards and have already made some superb ones for Valentines Day, selling them for just £2.


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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