Please take the time to read the stories below about the wonderful work of Stepping Stones over many years. Stepping Stones exists still today supporting many requirements at our Spinal Injury Centre at Pinderfields.
1988 was the most successful Paralympics for Pinderfields ever, sending 12 athletes and winning 4 Gold, 2 Silver and 3 Bronze medals. The late Janet Bruce arranged an informal discussion to see how we could build on this success. SPINE Chair, Roger Ellis, recalls, “The outcome was to build a full sized Sports Hall. A meeting was called and it was thought it would cost £300k. In 1988/89 it was decided to be more ambitious and aim to build the facilities we see today. A professional fundraiser, Colin Stanhope, was employed to raise £3-4m for the newly formed Steeping Stones. Some of the high profile patrons included Dame Judy Dench and the late Sir Peter Ustinov, but the most prolific was the late, great, Yorkshire CCC and England Bowler Fred Truman OBE.” Plans were put on hold when it was decided to build the new hospital. £2.5m was needed to build the sports hall, conditioning suite, therapies area, IT room, bathroom/shower room and wheelchair store.
However, their support doesn’t end there. To give you examples of the work undertaken; during 2012, Stepping Stones purchased the following for the Centre:-
- Evolutionary FES (functional electronic stimulation) ‘gauntlets’ to aid Tetraplegic Patients to build better hand, wrist coordination.
- A new ‘Bladder Scanner’ for the Centre, when the old one broke and could not be repaired.
- A new ‘Thera-Bike’ to be used in the Conditioning Suite in Rehab
- Desperately needed shelving for the Storage Room so that Nurses don’t have to store equipment on the floor.
- Annual servicing for the ‘state of the art’ Locomat Machine used by the Physiotherapists.
As you can imagine many thousands of pounds are spent by Stepping Stones each year to ensure that the unit stays modern and has the latest available equipment.