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Patients come runners up in Inter Spinal Unit Games 

Patients from across Southern England were runners up in the Inter Spinal Unit Games for Salisbury District Hospital at the Stoke Mandeville Stadium in Aylesbury.


Back row:  LtoR - Richard Cooke, Chris Field, Jane Deeley (Occupational Therapist), Caroline Moody (Staff Nurse), Amy Mak(Physiotherapist),  Ruth Donegan (Health Care Assistant). Front row: LtoR - Terry Burton, Stephen Jones, Laura Coward, Mathew Lathan, Joanne Rugen.

The seven strong team was pitted against 11 other teams from spinal units across Great Britain and Ireland. Team members have damage to the spinal cord and are either paralysed from the neck (tetraplegic) or the waist (paraplegic) down, depending on how high up the damage has occurred.


The competitors and their achievements were:


  • Richard Cooke (Paraplegic) from Weston Super Mare, Somerset: Competed in archery, swimming and table tennis.
  • Chris Field (Paraplegic) from Radstock, Somerset. Won archery and competed in swimming and table tennis.
  • Mathew Lathan (Paraplegic) from Abbeydale, Gloucestershire: Competed in swimming, archery and bowls.
  • Joanne Rugen (Paraplegic) from St Agnes, Cornwall: Competed in swimming (2nd  in all races), table tennis and shooting.
  • Laura Coward (Paraplegic) from Warminster, Wiltshire: Won paraplegic ladies table tennis and competed in shooting (top ladies shot).
  • Terry Burton ( Paraplegic) from Southampton:  Competed in swimming, table tennis (quarter-finals) and bowls (quarter-finals)
  • Stephen Jones (Paraplegic) from Poole, Dorset: Competed in swimming, shooting and bowls.

Jane Deeley, occupational therapist and Salisbury District Hospital team manager, said:  "The Inter Spinal Unit Games gives patients an opportunity to try new sports, socialise with others of similar abilities and take part in competitive sports."


"The team did incredibly well and some patients have been approached to take their sports further. They all participated with so much enthusiasm and cheered their team and other teams on. It was great to see everyone support each other and they all participated in the have-a-go sessions. This is where they can try out different sports such as hand cycling, badminton, tennis and wheelchair rugby."


Mrs Deeley added: "I would like to thank the team for their great enthusiasm and other members of staff  for their support and organisation. They were Amy Mak, Caroline Moody and Ruth Donegan. We would also like to thank Gerald Simmonds for providing our team T-shirts, which were proudly worn."  Ends


Notes to editors:


The Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre at Salisbury District Hospital provides specialist care for patients across much of southern England from Cornwall in the west to Sussex in the east.


Teams competing were: The Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre, Salisbury District Hospital; Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire; North of England Spinal Cord Injury Centre, Middlesbrough: Midlands Centre for Spinal Injuries, Oswestry; The Princess Royal Spinal Injuries Unit, Sheffield; Spinal Injuries Unit, Southport; Pinderfields General Hospital Spinal Unit, Wakefield; Musgrove Park Hospital, Belfast, N.Ireland; National Rehabilitation Hospital, Dun Laoghaire, Republic of Ireland; Queen Elizabeth Spinal Injuries Unit, Glasgow, Scotland; Rookwood Hospital Spinal Unit, Cardiff, Wales.


We can try to arrange an interview for you with the individual team members.


For further information please contact:
Patrick Butler, Public Relations Manager, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. Tel: 01722 425170                                



Page Last Updated: 08/05/2014 10:07 
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