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Bart Hellyer

19th June 2016

Bart has been a Rutland resident over the last 35 years. Whilst at university in Exeter, Bart suffered a severe and traumatic injury that resulted in paralysis below chest level. Since then he has been a wheelchair user. Bart lives in the Uppingham and became a widower in 2004 following the death of his wife from cancer. He is now supported at home by care and personal assistants. He is a lifetime patient of the National Spinal Injuries Centre, Stoke Mandeville Hospital. From 2012 – 2013 he was the High Sheriff of Rutland during which time he was able to obtain greater insight into many aspects of Rutland life. Due to disability he has been a regular user of specialist and local NHS services over many years. In 1974, he was a founding member of the national charity Spinal Injuries Association (SIA), along with Baroness Masham and others. He has been a member since that time, and Chair of SIA between 2005 and 2008. SIA has acted as the national representative body for the spinal cord injured since that time