Every Eight Hours Every Eight Hours

Every Eight Hours Every Eight Hours

Every Eight Hours Every Eight Hours

Every Eight Hours Every Eight Hours

Every Eight Hours Every Eight Hours

Every Eight Hours Every Eight Hours

Every Eight Hours Every Eight Hours


Every eight hours someone is told they may never
walk again.

There is currently no effective treatment for spinal cord injury.

What most people don’t realise is that, in addition to paralysis, vital bodily functions such as bladder and bowel control, temperature regulation, sexual function and blood pressure are all affected. People with neck-level injuries may also need a ventilator to breathe. The psychological impact of spinal cord injury on the individual and their loved ones is also immense as they learn to adapt to such a dramatic change in circumstances.

Despite the difficulties of coming to terms with a spinal cord injury, we, the five major UK spinal cord injury charities, believe that it is still possible to live a full and active life.


On Spinal Cord Injuries Day, Friday 17th May, we aim to raise awareness and understanding of spinal cord injury and show the positive future that can still be had after an injury.

The Partner Charities Behind The Every Eight Hours Campaign Are:






Visit Aspire's website

Aspire supports people with spinal cord injury from injury to independence through their Independent Living Advisors, Assistive Technology, Aspire Housing, the Human Needs Fund and our Campaigning work. Aspire has been helping people with spinal cord injuries since 1982.


Back Up

Back Up


Visit Back Up's website

Back Up is for everyone affected by a spinal cord injury. Our services include mentoring, wheelchair skills training, activity courses plus we offer support in getting you back to work or school after an injury. All of our services build confidence, independence, whilst helping to create a positive future.


Spinal Injuries Association


Visit SIA's website

SIA is a user-led organisation which was established in 1974. It works to support and promote the wellbeing of the 40,000 spinal cord injured people in the UK through its peer support and campaigning work, and also to provide assistance to their families, friends and health care professionals.


spinal injuries scotland



Visit SIS' website

Spinal Injuries Scotland (SIS) is the Scottish national voluntary organisation for spinal cord injured people and those close to them. SIS provides immediate support through the office based Information Service and operates a self-referral information line. We also provide peer support within the Scottish national spinal unit along with a legal and welfare rights advisory service.


spinal research

Spinal Research


Visit Spinal Research's website

Spinal Research is the UK's leading charity funding groundbreaking medical research around the world to develop reliable treatments for paralysis caused by a broken back or neck. Our vision is a world where spinal cord injury no longer means a lifetime of paralysis.


Show your support


There are several ways in which you can get involved and help us raise awareness of the campaign.
Share our pages through social media
Get in touch with the charities involved
in the campaign
Tell your friends and colleagues about
the day
People's Stories


watch video diaries

Visit the People's Stories page to read and see how spinal cord injury has affected people of all different ages and from all walks of life.


Stuart's Story

I was 31 years old when I broke my neck in a mountain biking accident on 18th April 2010. 
"When you are told you won’t walk again and will spend the rest of your life in a wheelchair, the shock realisation of how life will be totally different is completely overwhelming, not just for you, but your friends and family as well.  I remember feeling guilty for what I was putting the people closest to me through.”   Read More....
Site Design by Inky Design Graphics