NHS giving children sports prostheses to help them get active

Sussex Rehab Centre - Ben and Clare Johnson - runing blade

In case you missed it a few weeks ago Ben, one of our young Sussex Rehab Centre users and his prosthetist Clare Johnson were on a number of online news channels as well as appearing on UK and foreign tv channels. Children who have either been born without a limb or who have lost a limb are being given new running and swimming blades from the NHS and Ben is one of the first to benefit from the new scheme.

Here is a short extract from the Department of Health article and a link to the full article.

Ben, 13, from Brighton, has just been fitted for his new running blade and has enjoyed using his new blade to play football and run.

Ben’s mother, Kate Moore, said:

“We’re really pleased Ben has been fitted with a new running blade. After watching the success of Team GB last year, this blade means Ben can develop his interest in sport and could become part of the next generation of Team GB. We hope more children and young people like Benjamin will be able to benefit too.”

If you wish to read more about Ben and his new running blade there is another good article on the BBC website which you can access by clicking this link.



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Wheelchair Sports Festival – Portsmouth and Southampton

There is a Wheelchair Festival coming up in Southampton and Portsmouth for people aged 18+ interested in taking up wheelchair sports.

Details as per poster below


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Wheelchair Cricket Sessions

Sussex Cricket Foundation are running 5 wheelchair cricket sessions starting 15 September.

The sessions are free and are being held at Collyer’s Sports Hall, Hurst Road, Horsham RH12 2EJ.

If you are interested in attending please contact Peter Gossage by email at peter.gossage@sussexcricket.co.uk

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Tennis Taster Session 21 September 2016

Tennis Taster Session - HassocksTennis Sussex in partnership with Sussex Rehabilitation Centre are running a free tennis taster session at The Weald Tennis Club in Hassocks on 21 September.
It’s open to anyone with a physical impairment who wants to learn new skills, get active, meet new people and have fun. You don’t need any previous experience just a willingness to come along and have a go in a supportive environment with trained and experienced coaches. Come and play or just come and watch. We will teach you the skills you need to enjoy the game. Sports wheelchairs will also be available to use during the session. If you have any questions or would like more information please call Helen on 07970 558990.
Location: The Weald Squash & Tennis Club, South Bank, Hassocks, West Sussex, BN6 8JP. Next to Hassocks Station, plenty of parking
Date: Wednesday 21 September 2016
Time: 1pm to 4pm
The Tennis Foundation have made available to us an amputee rehab case study showing the benefits of taking up sport. You can read this study here.
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Sepsis Awareness Campaign Features Coasting Together Member

SepsisA new campaign to raise awareness of sepsis features Stella Benson one of our Coasting Together members. The UK Sepsis Trust wants to raise public awareness of the condition which kills 44,ooo people in the UK every year, more than bowel, breast and prostate cancer combined.

Stella-Benson - Coasting TogetherStella is featured as part of an article in the Daily Mirror which explains the warning signs of the condition, which can be mistaken for flu or a virus.

Of the 150,000 people in the UK who will develop sepsis each year 26,500 people will, like Stella, suffer life-changing disabilities. The UK Sepsis Trust hope that by raising awareness   they can reduce the number of deaths and disabilities.

The new Ask Sepsis campaign will officially launch on 13 September, which is World Sepsis Day.

If you want to know more about the condition and the warning signs to look out for you can read the Daily Mirror sepsis article or visit the UK Sepsis Trust website.


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Sussex Cricket Foundation launches Wheelchair Cricket Programme

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The Sussex Cricket Foundation have announced the launch of a Wheelchair Cricket Programme in Sussex, as part of its continuing commitment to make cricket accessible to all.

Working in partnership with Wheelpower UK, the ECB, the British Association for Cricketers with Disabilities and Ortus Business Finance, this exciting new programme will look to offer an exciting, adapted game of Wheelchair Cricket suitable for people both young and old alike.

Focusing on ability, not disability, is fundamental to all of the Foundation’s disability programmes, Wheelchair Cricket will now take its place alongside the Schools Coaching programme in SEN schools, supported by Chance to Shine, the Multi Skills Sessions for Learning Disability/Physical Disability (LD/PD) participants delivered in partnership with Active Sussex, and also Table Cricket Sessions delivered in partnership with The Lord Taverners.

Roger Newman, Sussex Cricket Foundation Development Manager said, “Regular wheelchair cricket sessions across the county will add to the range of weekly activity that we offer, illustrating further progress in our mission to ensure opportunities for everyone.

“It will also enable us to establish a development pathway, for those who want it, to strive to play for Sussex, which will run alongside our County LD/PD Squads, our Sharks Visually Impaired Squad and the newly formed Deaf Squads.”

The College of Richard Collyer in Horsham will be hosting the first open session on Thursday June 23rd from 4.30pm to 6.00pm, and anyone wishing to take part in the session should contact Roger on 01273 827104 or Roger.Newman@sussexcricket.co.uk to book a place.

The Sussex Cricket Foundation are also keen to hear from existing wheelchair groups who would like to give wheelchair cricket a go. Any group who would like to arrange for a session need to contact Roger in the first instance.

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Social Outing To Brighton Museum Followed By Lunch

Pavilion BluesCoasting Together have organised a social outing to Brighton Museum on Tuesday 19 July 2016. We will be visiting the Pavilion Blues Disability and Identity Exhibition which tells the previously untold story of the 6,000 amputee soldiers who received treatment, rehabilitation and training at the Royal Pavilion during the First World War.

If you would like to join us you can find details of how to book your place here.

If you wish to read more about the Pavilion’s previous life as a military hospital you can follow the links from this Brighton Museum page which also lets you download copies of Pavilion Blues, the magazine produced by patients during the First World War.

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