Procorre raises more than £7,000 for Spinal Injuries Association

Procorre's team of cyclists has raised more than £7,000 for the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) after completing a gruelling 165-mile bike ride from London to Paris – exceeding its original £5,000 target.

The team of nine, led by financial director Matthew Savage, took part in the charity bike ride to increase awareness of the charity as well as to raise money for vital services such as its advice line and a peer support network which offers support, practical advice and a ‘listening ear’ for those with spinal cord injuries.

Fundraising for SIA was an obvious choice for Procorre. Polly Bateman, another member of the company’s finance team, had a spinal fusion in 2011 – which left her with screws and metal rods in her lower back – whilst her mother has been supported by the charity for more than 30 years after sustaining an injury in a horse riding accident.

SIA supports spinal cord injured people, as well as the physios and nurses in the healthcare industry who are involved with their treatment.  Help and advice is also extended to around 150 friends and family of those with paralysis.

In 2014 Polly raised £2,800 for SIA by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. This year, she and the team hoped to beat that figure by raising at least £5,000.

Polly said: “We are absolutely delighted that we were able to exceed our fundraising target and it’s meant all the hard work and pain was worth it!

“SIA offers people like my mum an absolute lifeline by advising, educating and campaigning on their behalf, and even assisting them to find things like travel insurance when most companies won’t provide a policy. I’m really passionate about giving something back to the charity that has not only supported my family for so many years, but the thousands of other people living with varying degrees of paralysis across the UK.”

Lloyd Butcher, corporate fundraising coordinator at the Spinal Injuries Association, added: “Thank you to the team at Procorre for their fantastic fundraising efforts. The money raised will go towards supporting spinal cord injured people and their families through the vital services that SIA provides.”

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