Former spinal patient backs minibus appeal

From broken bones to new beginnings

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SHE had help from a regional spinal unit, and now Louise Pilgrim is asking people to back its cause to raise money for a minibus.

The 35-year-old, who is a contracts officer for Portsmouth City Council, used the service when she suffered from a bleed in her spinal chord, 15 years ago, aged 19.

At the time she was four-and-a-half months pregnant, and the bleed left her paralysed from the waist down.

She was taken to the Spinal Treatment Centre in Salisbury for physiotherapy.

As an out-patient, she visits the centre once a year, and said she remembers how tough things were.

She said: ‘It’s difficult going. It’s a shock to the system to be there, and the physiotherapy work is very intense. If you live further away, you don’t always get to see a lot of family and friends. A minibus to transport patients would be so helpful.’

Southern Spinal Injuries Trust, which runs the centre, has set up a £50,000 minibus appeal.

To find out more, visit ssit.org.uk.