Spinathon 2016

CORE’s Spinathon raises £50,000 in the City

CORE took its fund-raising activities to the City of London’s headquarters of US’ bank Goldman Sachs, where 160 employees took part in a Spinathon and donated more than £50,000 towards CORE’s flagship non-profit clinic.

CORE’s founders Danny Orchard and Duncan Webster aim to offer inexpensive osteopathy to those who cannot afford it in order to gather the evidence to show to the NHS the benefits – and savings – which could be achieved by including the practice among its medical services.

More than 160 Goldman Sachs employees, divided in seven teams, took part in a race comprising 30-minute sets on a spin bike for a total of 12 hours. The winning team rode more than 250 miles, while the individual distance prize winner rode nearly 13 miles.

“It was great to have so many people being enthusiastic about the event and helping to raise awareness for our project. This is more than just a non-profit clinic, but an innovative model for social healthcare that could be replicated across the country,” said CORE’s Orchard.

CORE’s fund-raising target stands at £250,000 by April 2017, with their first clinic to be opened in Clapton. In its inaugural year, the clinic will treat up to 2,500 patients, being made up of fee-paying professionals and subsidised low-income residents.

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For CORE’s non-profit clinic project and fund-raising enquiries

Danny Orchard  daniel.orchard@corecic.com

Duncan Webster duncan.webster@corecic.com

Note to editors:

The Centre for Osteopathic Research and Excellence was founded in 2013 aiming to set up a series of community clinics starting in the London Borough of Hackney. The clinics will offer affordable osteopathic healthcare to the local community, mentoring to new graduates and will produce high-quality medical research. While London’s Hackney and surrounding boroughs like Tower Hamlet and Newham thrive and go through a process of gentrification, they are also home to some of the highest levels of social discrimination and relative poverty in the country. By choosing Hackney, CORE hopes to capitalise on the relative wealth of the upwardly mobile middle classes while offering affordable treatment to up to 2,500 residents per year. Once established CORE aims to help set up numerous satellite clinics around the country and worldwide to act as a global research hub, further enhancing the scientific evidence for manual therapy.

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