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We are delighted to have the support and sponsorship of local company, Portable Building Sales Limited, and are pleased to recommend their services. 

Having been a loyal supporter of the charity for a number of years, their further very generous donation of £2,000 for the Bridge to Bridge 3 cycle challenge has enabled us recently to surpass the milestone of £100,000 raised by nsif Hull & ER since inception. Please see:-


millions of people could walk again? 



What if there was a cure for paralysis? What if one of the most desperate things to happen to a person...could be undone?

Here at nsif the work we are funding has already made a significant breakthrough that could potentially lead to a treatment for spinal injury.

We focus exclusively on funding scientific research because we believe a cure is possible. We do this by supporting the ground-breaking research carried out at the UCL Institute of Neurology and its clinical application at the Wroclaw Walk Again Project. Our hope is that one day this research will become a widely available treatment, but we need your help to make this a reality.

nsif is thrilled that Dr. Pawel Tabakow and the Wroclaw Walk Again Project are now ready to move forward by selecting two more patients for the project. They have launched a website detailing all the criteria for patients wishing to participate in the programme. You can view more details in the BBC’s coverage of the report

Help us rewrite the future for the 500,000* people every year who suffer a spinal injury. Every penny that is funding this research has come from our dedicated supporters. We are now looking to raise further funds so that we can keep supporting this project and ensure the next two patients are fully funded. Please consider donating or getting involved in an event to help make this happen!

Welcome to the Hull and East Riding Branch of nsif!

nsif was founded by chef David Nicholls following an accident in which his son, Daniel, was left paralysed from the neck down. Daniel had been standing in water between the safety flags on Bondi Beach, when he dived into an oncoming wave, hit an unseen sandbank and broke his neck.

There are 3 million people worldwide living with paralysis caused by spinal cord injury. Around 130,000 people join them every year. David was determined to do everything he could to see his son, and others living with spinal injury, walk again. Therefore he set up nsif.

Our involvement with the foundation began as a result of our eldest son contracting a virus on his spine which caused paralysis from the chest down. This was in the summer of 2007 and despite the doctors' assertion that he would never walk again, by showing absolute commitment to a rehabilitation and physiotherapy programme, his determination has seen him improve to the extent that he is now able to walk with sticks.

His efforts have proved to be an inspiration and we took up the challenge to raise awareness of and funding for nsif in this area, principally to support the groundbreaking research work of Professor Geoffrey Raisman, who has worked tirelessly for many years and now believes that he is within reach of providing a cure for spinal injury.

We shall keep this website updated with details of our activities and we would be delighted if you were able to support our efforts in any way, so please do not hesitate to contact us with any comments, thoughts or ideas.

Many thanks

John & Angela Pye

*Source – The World Health Organisation