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Westminster Bridge terror attack victim helps out Stoke Mandeville Hospital

Kris Aves wanted to say thank you to the team who helped him.

Published by Dan Gooding at 11:02am 24th December 2019. 2-minute read.

Westminster Bridge terror attack victim helps out Stoke Mandeville Hospital

The policeman hit by the van in the Westminster Bridge attack in 2017 has donated kit to Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Aylesbury.

Kris Aves raised over £6,000 to say thank you for all the treatment he had at the National Spinal Injuries Centre.

Kris spent several months undergoing rehabilitation in the NSIC after being hit by the van used in the Westminster Bridge attack in March 2017, has been back to Stoke Mandeville Hospital to donate equipment as a way of saying 'thank you'.  

Kris raised over £6,000 by undertaking a charity skydive to raise funds for specialist equipment for the spinal gym.

Through the money he raised Kris has kindly donated a Cybex Bravo Advanced and an upright static bike for NSIC patients.

The Bravo Advanced is an upper and lower limb strengthening piece of equipment which will be used for strength and conditioning in the early stages post injury.

The static bike will allow patients to work their cardiovascular system and see if they are able to access a static bike in a community gym after discharge.

Kris said:

"I'm extremely grateful for all of the support I had while an inpatient and really wanted to give something back."

He opened the new equipment by cutting a ribbon and giving a short speech to current patients and staff, before demonstrating how to use it.

This was then followed by the NSIC physiotherapists attempting to do as many pull ups as they could.

The Trust would like to thank Kris for his continued support and for being such an inspiration to our current patients with spinal cord injuries.

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