Orwell Truck & Van presents cheque to spinal injury charity
06:28 18 September 2014
Orwell Truck & Van has shown its support for spinal injury charity Aspire with the presentation of a £505 cheque.
The money had been raised at the Royal Norfolk Show in June where Orwell Truck & Van, East Anglia’s leading provider of Mercedes-Benz and Fuso commercial vehicles with branches in Norwich, Newmarket, Ipswich and Colchester, held a lap time competition using a Formula One simulator.
The giant cheque was presented to Andrew Dunham, project funder with Aspire, by Paul Simpson, Orwell Truck & Van group truck sales manager, and Ian Acey, Mercedes-Benz UK district manager, at Snetteron race circuit at the weekend which was hosting five races in the latest round of the British Truck Racing Championship.
And the winner of the lap time competiton won tickets for the racing and a ride round the circuit in Orwell Truck & Van’s specially-prepared pace truck.
Mr Dunham said Aspire was a national charity which supported people with spinal injuries.
Each year 1,200 people are paralysed by an injury to their spinal cord which has a devastating effect on their lives and their families. Aspire offers practical support to the 40,000 people living with a spinal cord injury in the UK so that they can lead fulfilled and independent lives in their homes, with their families, in workplaces and in leisure time.
Aspire works in key areas:
A housing programme to provide fully-accessible properties on a short-term basis while a person’s home is being adapted or while they are looking for a suitable property.
Aspire independent living advisors, working in spinal cord injury centres, to provide advice and guidance to patients and ensure they get support and services they need.
Assistive technology facilities in the spinal centres to ensure everyone has independent access to a computer.
Grants to help people buy specialist equipment they need to live a more independent life.
He added that the charity needed to raise around £4m a year and relied on donations and grants.
For more information about Aspire and its work visit the website at www.aspire.org.uk