Shropshire spinal injury centre to benefit from new charity grant

The RJAH (Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust) spinal injury centre in Oswestry has been awarded a £2,500 grant from MAXIMUS Foundation UK to support patients’ treatment and rehabilitation.

Mr Joy Chowdhury, Lead Clinician received a cheque from Marilyn Saunders, Chair of MAXIMUS Foundation UK and Phil Jones from MAXIMUS, who nominated the charity for the award. The RJAH centre, which supports patients with spinal cord injuries, is to use the grant to provide rehabilitation equipment for patients, many of whom have experienced traumatic injuries that have left them paraplegic or quadriplegic.

The MAXIMUS Foundation UK was founded in 2015 with a remit to provide grants to local charities and non-profit organisations that support disadvantaged groups.  In particular those contributing to personal growth and self-sufficiency in areas of health, employment and community development.

Marilyn Saunders, Chair of MAXIMUS Foundation UK, said:

“A spinal injury turns the life of not just the patient, but also their family, upside down. The people the centre supports need high levels of care and specialised equipment to assist with their treatment and rehabilitation. The difference these resources make fundamentally alters and improve patients’ quality of life. We’re delighted to help the centre make these resources available.”

Mr Joy Chowdhury, Lead Clinician for the Midland Centre for Spinal Injuries at RJAH, said:

“We’re delighted to receive this grant from MAXIMUS Foundation UK. The patients we work with have experienced life changing and traumatic events. Any support that assists with their treatment and rehabilitation is enormously appreciated and greatly needed.

“We will look to use this money to buy equipment that benefits our patients. Many are with us for weeks or months at a time, and we are especially keen to purchase something to help entertain them at weekends when the hospital is more quiet.”

MAXIMUS Foundation UK

MAXIMUS Foundation UK was founded in 2015, using the model of the Foundation established by MAXIMUS in the United States. The remit of the Foundation is to provide grants to community groups and charities that contribute to personal growth and self sufficiency in areas of health, employment and community development.

MAXIMUS is one of the Department for Work and Pensions’ accredited providers of the Work Programme, delivering the scheme in West London and the Thames Valley, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and the North East Yorkshire and the Humber. MAXIMUS has 40 years of experience providing support to help disadvantaged people back into the labour market and has partnered with governments around the world to provide critical health and human service programmes to a diverse range of communities in the UK, US, Canada, Australia and Saudi Arabia. Through its subsidiary Health Management Limited (HML), MAXIMUS is also one of the largest providers of occupational health services in the UK and carries out these services through a dedicated team of highly qualified clinicians. HML is the provider of the DWP Fit for Work service available to GPs, employers and employees.

For further information or comment from Marilyn Saunders please contact Chris Rogers (020 7793 2536 / 07720 054189 / or Mayar Raouf (020 7463 0698 /