The trustees of Spirit would like to send our very best wishes to Paula Craig as she attempts an amazing challenge.
Every four hours, someone in the UK is told the news that they have injured their spinal cord and will face a lifetime of paralysis.
But, with the right rehabilitation, care and support, it is possible to live a fulfilled life after spinal cord injury.
One person who is demonstrating that is achievable is Paula Craig.
20 years ago, Paula was working for the Metropolitan police in London. She was an active person, running marathons and triathlons when she was left paralysed from the waist down after being hit by a car when out on her bicycle.
After many months of rehabilitation in the London Stanmore spinal injury centre, Paula returned home.
Now, to mark the 20th anniversary of her injury, Paula is hoping to become the first person with a spinal cord injury to swim the English Channel without a wet suit.
What a great example to the newly spinal cord injured of tomorrow and a demonstration that life doesn’t stop after spinal cord injury when patients are expertly treated in specialised spinal injury centres.
To learn more about Paula and her fundraising efforts, follow this link