The Charity has been established to celebrate the work and vision of Sir Ludwig “Poppa” Guttmann who pioneered the treatment of People with Spinal Cord Injury and also founded the Paralympic Games. The Poppa Guttmann Trust will provide and support future developments, such as the initiation of a major Arts Programme, in the rehabilitation of patients at his Spinal Cord Injury Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
The Charity has established a website www.poppaguttmanncelebration.org where details of Poppa Guttmann’s work and achievements are recorded in more detail. Many people are surprised that the Paralympic movement began with competitions between Stoke Mandeville spinal injury patients and patients from overseas hospitals which were initially designed to foster the determination and fitness levels that would allow severely injured patients to survive. There are many paraplegic patients who have led active and fulfilling lives thanks to the determination and fitness levels achieved through competitive activities, where previous to Poppa Guttmann’s pioneering work they (the patients) would have been allowed to vegetate and in some cases die. Amongst the patients who have benefited from his pioneering work are motorcyclists.
The Charity has the specific aims of honouring the work and vision of Sir Ludwig “Poppa” Guttmann by raising a commemorative bronze statue to this pioneering man of vision. In addition we hope to raise enough money to establish a major Arts Programme to assist in the rehabilitation of patients at his Spinal Cord Injury Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. In the next few weeks the charity will open a donations page on the www.poppaguttmanncelebration.com webpage, specifically for the Moscow to Moscow trip.