NSIF Charity Auction To Fund Pioneering Spinal Cord Injury Research

Luxury getaways and Michelin star dining are just some of the incredible prizes and experiences the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation (nsif), in affiliation with online fundraising platform Givergy, are auctioning off over the next couple of weeks. nsif fund a collaborative project based at University College London and its clinical application by the Walk Again Project based in Wroclaw with the aim of finding a treatment for chronic spinal cord injury.

There are a variety of prizes ranging from 5 star trips to China, Thailand and Malaysia with Mandarin Oriental to VIP hospitality at Cheltenham Racecourse. The perfect Christmas present for those looking for something extra special.The full list of prizes is as follows:

  • 3 nights for 2 at the Mandarin Oriental Paris
  • Dinner for 6 at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
  • 12 Hay Hill 1-year membership – A Mayfair base for business, client interaction and dining all under one roof
  • 8 Nights in 5* luxury in Asia – Bangkok & Kuala Lumpur
  • Romantic night in a treehouse suite at Chewton Glen
  • VIP Hospitality for 10 people at Cheltenham Racecourse
  • Gourmet 3-nights in London for 2 at Mandarin Oriental & The Halkin
  • 2 nights for 2 people in New York with Foodie fun at Per Se & Daniel
  • Bed, Breakfast & dinner for 2 at The Berkley, London
  • 7-night trip of a lifetime for 2 to China with Mandarin Oriental

nsif was set up in 2005 by David Nicholls after his son was paralysed from the neck down after a swimming accident. David was astounded that over 500,000 people worldwide suffer a spinal cord injury every year yet there is no real solution available. nsif has now raised over £3 million to fund research that uses olfactory ensheathing cells found in the brain to reconnect severed spinal cord fibres. Initial trials have showed positive results with the first patient to undergo the treatment now able to walk using a frame and feel sensation in his legs.

To be in with a chance of winning one of these fantastic prizes, all bids must be made through the Givergy page https://www.givergy.com/charity/nicholls-spinal-injury-foundation. The auction will close on Friday 9th December – don’t miss out!

nsif CEO Mike Milner stated: “We are delighted to be partnering with Givergy again this year after an incredibly successful auction last year. We are very lucky to have such fabulous supporters in the luxury hospitality market whose generosity has made it possible for us to fund cutting edge research which is making great strides in curing spinal injury. I hope that lots of people take part in this year’s auction and win some truly memorable experiences for the people they love this Christmas.”

Givergy’s Global Director of Business Development, Jon Douglas said: “From what started out as a father looking to help his son after a terrible accident, has turned into an incredible charity which has helped push the boundaries for spinal cord injury treatment. We are excited to raise as much money as possible for nsif so that they can continue to fund the fantastic work at UCL and the Walk Again Project.”

nsif is a charity devoted solely to research into treatment for spinal cord injury.
It was set up by David Nicholls, worldwide director of food and beverage at Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, in 2005.
David founded nsif after his son Daniel was paralysed from the neck down after diving into a wave on Bondi Beach while on his gap year in December 2003, aged just 18.
We fund a research team, led by Professor Geoffrey Raisman, Professor Ying Li at the UCL Institute of Neurology. This research is co-funded by nsif and the UK Stem Cell Foundation.
We fund this works clinical application by Dr. Tabakow through the Walk Again Project at University Clinical Hospital, Wroclaw in Poland.
Despite the significant medical breakthrough featured on the BBC One’s Panorama programme in 2014 and again on the BBC news March 2016, much research still needs to be conducted in this area. nsif needs to raise considerable further money to continue to fund this research for the next three years.