The Poppa Guttmann Recognition and Celebration Project
at The National Spinal Injuries Centre, Stoke Mandeville

News / Fund Raising

“The Wall”

The patients in the NSIC have produced a quarter of a major mural “The Wall” as part of a project organised by the Henley arts festival It was displayed during the festival in July 2013 (10th-14th) after the successful launch at the NSIC

NSIC art featured in an exhibition at the Obsidian gallery in Stoke Mandeville during the summer 2013 and was again in 2014.


Reception at the House of Lords

Lord Patel of Bradford hosted a reception at The House of Lords on 4th July 2012 to celebrate the work of CARA and the legacy of Sir Ludwig Guttmann. The Guttmann bust was proudly displayed at the event and much praise for Jacko’s fine work was voiced.

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson was the key speaker who described the growth and importance of The Paralympic Games. She spoke of the opportunities provided by the games and how positive they had been for her.

Eva Loeffler spoke of her enormous pride in her father’s vision and dedication to sport for his patients which is now a global phenomenon. We heard a very moving recording of Poppa Guttmann describing the difficulties he had with The Gestapo before leaving Germany.

The vital work of CARA was highlighted and praised. Without their assistance Poppa Guttmann and many other highly important figures would not have survived and succeeded.

Eva Loeffler, Lord Patel
Margaret Maughan & Dame Tanni Grey Thompson
Eva Loeffler, Lord Patel
Margaret Maughan & Dame Tanni Grey Thompson
First British Gold Paralympic Medalist
The Trustees
Eva Loeffler, Anne Lonsdale (CARA)
The Trustees
Eva Loeffler, Anne Lonsdale (CARA)


St Pauls Cathedral Paralympic Service

The bust of Poppa Guttmann was in pride of place at a special service for The Paralympic Games in St Paul's Cathedral on 26th August 2012.

The presence of the bust and the Guttmann family at this service is one of the finest honours afforded to the inspirational genius of Sir Ludwig Guttmann.

Ownership of the bust was formally handed over to The International Paralympic Committee on that occasion and was transported to The IPC area at the Paralympic Park immediately following the service.


The Poppa Guttmann Team Paralympic Torchbearers

The four Trustees of The PGT and Jacko each had the honour to have been invited to carry the Paralympic Torch in the relay which left Stoke Mandeville Stadium on 28th August.

Jacko, Philip Lewis, Laura Broadhurst, Mike Mackenzie, Sandy Johnston

Jacko, Philip Lewis, Laura Broadhurst, Mike Mackenzie, Sandy Johnston


The Council for Assisting Refuge Academics (CARA)

The Poppa Guttmann Trust has been joined by The Council for Assisting Refuge Academics (CARA) in the project and has appointed Laura Broadhurst of CARA as a trustee. Mrs Sandy Johnston has also been appointed a trustee. (see The Trust tab) Dr Allison Graham has resigned as a trustee due to other commitments but continues to take an interest in The Arts Programme and the project as a whole.


HOWL ON THE WINDHOWL ON THE WIND - ‘A brilliant read from a skilled storyteller’ Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE

"Lizzie is a star sprinter who had high hopes to compete in the 2012 Olympics until an accident leaves her without the use of her legs. When she and her brother Tom uncover some previously unknown facts about their long-dead father they set out to find the truth. Their travels take them to a small island off the North Cornwall coast, home to the remains of a 13th century castle once occupied by an old Cornish family, the Tregarrows"

Author Charmian Hussey has been collaborating with highly acclaimed experts in the field of spinal injury. A substantial percentage of the book’s profit will be shared equally between The Poppa Guttmann Trust and Wheelpower, charities dedicated to improving the lives of those suffering from spinal injuries.

£12.99 ISBN: 978-0-9557348-6-1

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Fund Raising

We need to raise a lot of funds to enable the project to fulfil it's objectives. We plan to provide news / updates on our progress plus information about the various fund raising initiatives (that we are aware of) on this page.


James with his bikeMoscow to Moscow to Moscow, June 2011 – A Wee Adventure


This motorcycle ride, from Moscow, Ayrshire, Scotland, to Moscow, Russia, and back, raised money for the Poppa Guttmann Recognition and Celebration Project.

This 6500 mile motorcycle ride has been successfully completed.


His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent, as patron of the Moscow to Moscow to Moscow Ride, accompanied our riders on the journey from Folkestone to The NSIC on their return from Russia. HRH and a number of his friends arrived at The NSIC on their motorbikes, kitted out in suitable leathers, for a reception. They and our riders were welcomed warmly by Graham Ellis, Chairman of The Buckinghamshire Healthcare Trust, and Anne Eden, The Chief Executive. They also met a number of patients and visited St Francis Ward, the only dedicated paediatric spinal injury ward in the world.

Click here to find out more about this exciting fund raising initiative.

The riders His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent



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