Online auction for Newly Injured Scheme

Neurokinex, a specialist paralysis rehabilitation charity with sites at Gatwick, Hemel and Bristol, is running an online auction for two weeks from noon on Friday July 17th until noon on Friday July 31st to raise funds to safeguard the future of its Newly Injured Scheme.

The auction includes a wide choice of lots including sports and popular culture memorabilia, iconic art, UK experiences and short breaks at home and abroad.

Particular highlights include:

  • A Beatles display signed by all four members of the band
  • Jonny Wilkinson signed England rugby shirt
  • Limited edition David Bowie portrait
  • Raymond Blanc cookery lesson for two
  • Anthony Joshua signed boxing glove
  • Ascot and Lord’s Pavilion experiences
  • Rafael Nadal signed tennis racquet
  • Andy Warhol’s famous Marilyn Monroe portrait

Other lots including a champagne tea in London, a hand-drawn pet portrait, Lake District break, a castle stay in Bordeaux and a Gin Club membership ensure there really is something for all tastes and budgets. 

The auction is the finale of the two-month Neurokinex Step Up Appeal – an emergency fundraising effort with a target of £25,000 – to secure vital services for people with a newly acquired spinal cord injury.  Prior to the Covid-19 lockdown, Neurokinex operated a Newly Injured Scheme which awards six free sessions to those newly injured or diagnosed and referred by the NHS. The service is a lifeline for many, giving them access to the unique Neurokinex services that can have life-changing results.  It costs Neurokinex £420 per person but, sadly, following lost income over the lockdown, without additional fundraising it is now under serious threat of being withdrawn.

“It’s great to have facilities that spinal cord injured individuals can access after their inpatient hospital admission has come to an end. The six free sessions on offer at Neurokinex for new injuries is a hugely important resource that helps to bridge the gap between discharge and access to community professionals facilitating community reintegration. The feedback received from returning patients, having been treated by Neurokinex, is that the team is fun and dynamic. They all see Neurokinex as a very important part of their long-term rehabilitation and fitness regime, so it’s vital we continue to ensure we can keep services like theirs running.”

Kirsten Hart, Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist at Stoke Mandeville Hospital

“Now, more than ever before, we need support from the public and hope that our Step Up Appeal will raise the necessary funds to keep our referral service going,” says Harvey Sihota, founder and director of Neurokinex.  “We have a waiting list of hopeful beneficiaries who are waiting for their rehabilitation with us to begin.  Our hope is that this silent auction will boost our Step Up Appeal funds to enable people to start on our programme without delay.”

The two-week long Silent Auction goes live at 12 noon on Friday July 17th

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