John McDonnell MP launched the opening of Aspire’s new property at 49 Dudley Place (off Pinkwell Lane), Hayes UB3 1PA on Friday 12th December.

John said “I was most impressed with the facilities that have been provided for the residents which I believe will have an enormous impact on their re-habilitation”

Aspire is a national charity that provides practical help to people who have been paralysed by Spinal Cord Injury to live independent lives. They do this through their Independent Living Advisors, Assistive Technology Programme, Housing, Grants and through active campaigning for positive change.

Every eight hours, someone in the UK is paralysed by Spinal Cord Injury with most becoming full time wheelchair users and having difficulties in moving to appropriate housing. Due to the problem of a general lack of accessible housing in the UK, many people face the prospect of delayed discharge or having to live in unsuitable housing. This can mean anything from returning to a house where they will have to wash in the kitchen because the bathroom is inaccessible, to only being available to leave the property when friends or family are around to carry them out to the pavement outside.

Aspire help to eradicate these barriers to living an independent life by providing temporary housing with fully inclusive features so that individuals can regain confidence after sustaining a life-changing injury and live independently.

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