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Support continues to pour in for Neville

 Published on: 10th October 2018   |   By: News Desk   |   Category: Uncategorized

Support has continued to pour in for Aspire instructor Neville Smith who was left with a spinal cord injury after an unprovoked attack in Watford earlier this year.

Neville was left with limited upper body movement and no feeling from the chest down when he was forced off the road by another cyclist coming towards him.

Tasha Webster, Aspire’s director of operations, started a fundraising page for her colleague. The campaign has now raised over £4,300 as StanmoreNews went to press doubling their target. One donation was from friends at Copland School who recently raised £1,295.  

Neville has been making good progress at the Spinal Injuries Unit at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and has started to use a mobile phone again 

Neville was in need of a new phone as his broke. Aspires Assistive Technology Manager Andrew visited Neville to make an assessment to advise on the most accessible phone for Neville to use which was purchased using the funds raised.

Tasha Webster, who set up the fundraising page, said on the page: “I am delighted to report that I have received both a phone call and a text from Neville using the accessibility options on the new phone we have purchased for him. Neville has asked that I pass on his sincere thanks to all those that have donated to help him. The phone has already made a huge difference in the short time he has had it.”

To donate to the appeal, visit

The incident happened on Bushey Mill Lane near the junction with Radlett Road. Hertfordshire Police has not made any arrests at this stage and are still appealing for information and witnesses. CrimeStoppers are also offering a reward for information. 

Anyone with information should contact quoting crime reference number 41/2868/18 or contact CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. 

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