What if there was a cure for paralysis? What if one of the most desperate things to happen to a person…could be undone? At NSIF we are taking steps to cure spinal paralysis and give back hope to millions of people affected by spinal injury. We focus exclusively on funding scientific research because we believe a cure is possible. Scroll down to take a look at some of the work we’re doing…
Finding the cure, means funding the cure. With your help we can raise the money to fund innovative medical research and help put lives back together...together.
The Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation (NSIF) was founded by chef David Nicholls following an accident in which his son, Daniel, was left paralysed from the arms 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.
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.
It’s a very exciting time of year for all of us at NSIF, with our annual golf day event now fast approaching. In its 9th year, the NSIF golf day has quickly become one of the most memorable dates for the golfing calendar! Scheduled for the 3rd and 4th of August this year, all teams will be contending for a very special five star golf holiday in Spain! Additionally, a mystery celebrity team member will be playing in each of the 30 teams. The event has been a sell out this year. With the exceptional cuisine and entertainment at the gala dinner now common knowledge, reservations for the gala dinner went like hot cakes! Rooms in the sought after Oxfordshire Golf and Spa Hotel were snapped up within days of the event being announced. Likewise, rooms in the equally impressive Oxford Belfry Hotel are also fully booked out. All of our patrons…Read More
So far, 2014 has been a miserable year weather-wise in the UK. The rain seems endless and the skies colourless. But we remain optimistic that 2014 is going to be the best year yet when it comes to giving back hope to paralysed people around the world. At NSIF we are one of the funders of Professor Geoffrey Raisman at the UCL Institute of Neurology, and we are more excited than ever about Professor Raisman’s work. And because we feel that the paradigm in curing spinal injury is changing so profoundly, we have started working with some of the top media agencies in the UK to increase our profile and raise the maximum amount of money possible to fund this amazing work. We appointed the incredible J2 to look at a full rebrand, new creative direction, as well as production of videos and a new responsive website. “We were over…Read More
Hard as it is to believe, summer really is around the corner. As we struggle through this biblically wet February, the Spring equinox is less than a month away. At NSIF summer means golf day – when we bring together our celebrity patrons, friends and other benevolent golf aficionados to the wonderful Oxfordshire Golf Club (http://www.theoxfordshire.com/). Golf day has been running for 7 years and has raised over £800,000 for NSIF, nearly all of which has gone straight to funding Professor Raisman and his team at the UCL Institute of Neurology (as we cap our admin costs at 10%). We have been joined by fantastic celebrities over the years such as Heston Blumenthal, Michel Roux, Jason Atherton, Allan Lamb, Steve Davies, Will Greenwood and Mike Gatting. And each year we try and better the last. Food and service is provided by London’s world famous Mandarin Hyde Park – an indefatigable supporter…Read More
A new article in the Irish Times has highlighted the importance of stem cell research in providing hope for paralysed people to walk again: http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/health-family/small-steps-in-creating-hope-for-spinal-cord-injury-victims-1.1694925?page=1 As the article says: The medical profession once regarded the prognosis for severe spinal cord injury patients as hopeless. Once severely damaged, the cells in the spinal cord and brain could not regenerate or be replaced, but the advent of stem cell treatments has given new hope to such patients. Focusing on the massive funding efforts by Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz, the Irish Times says the many projects going on around the world in this area are providing insights to other scientists, meaning the whole field of stem cell research for spinal injury cure is starting to break open. However, the paper also notes there is a shortage of funding going to spinal injury research. This is one of the main reasons David Nicholls set up NSIF: to…Read More