WORD PUZZLE NUMBER 2 CHRISTMAS 1992 DONATIONS This is the second word puzzlecompetition, arranged by Gordon Gray,and designed to raise money forcharity. This year, the charity whichwill benefit from your donations isASPIRE - The Association for SpinalInjury Research, Rehabilitation andReintegration - details of which aregiven below. THE PUZZLE This year's theme is DONATIONS. Thepuzzle is made up of 40 clues in whichpunctuation and context may or may notbe helpful. Each clue leads to threewords which form the answers. One wordcontains the letters DON, another theletters ATI and the third the lettersONS. The number of letters to be foundfor each word is indicated by dashes.One of the clues from last year'spuzzle is provided as an example:- A badly torn / union / is taken apart. ` ` CER ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` AGE ` ` `CON ` ` ` ` ` ` The answers were LACERATED, MARRIAGEand DISCONNECTED, although with markers- / - to show where each definitionbegins and ends, it is a little easierthan the actual puzzle. To help you in your search for the'book' answers, you are given theadditional information that the lettersof the alphabet which provide theinitial letters of the 120 words are tobe found in the following numbers. A-7 B-5 C-21 D-4 E-2 F-1 G-5 H-2I-5 J-2 K-1 L-5 M-11 N-2 O-5 P-10Q-2 R-4 S-10 T-2 U-4 V-3 W-4 Y-1Z-1 I hope the standard of this year'spuzzle is just about right and many ofyou will get high scores (do make sureyou check your spelling). There are afew elusive words to provide achallenge to everyone, but if some ofthe words do defeat you, and you end upwith what may seem only a moderatescore, don't let that deter you fromsending in your entry, otherwise thecharity will suffer and you will havehad your fun for nothing - otherpuzzlers, perhaps all, may have beenequally baffled. DISTRIBUTION TO FRIENDS I am keen to involve as many people aspossible in this year's puzzle, so asto raise as much money as possible forASPIRE, so if any of your friends wouldlike a copy of the puzzle, I am quitehappy for you to make a photocopy forthem (or 8BS members could just printout as many copies as they want), orthey can contact me for an entry formby sending a s.a.e. (preferably aboutA4 - i.e. large enough to take thepaperwork). If they are too late forthis year's puzzle, then they can stillsend a s.a.e. to ensure they get a copyof next year's puzzle. YOUR ENTRY Please return your answers to thepuzzle and a completed entry form (atthe end of the puzzle) to me GordonGray, enclosing a donation with yourentry. Please enclose a s.a.e. if youwish to have your entry returned andthe answers sent to you and a furthers.a.e. for next year's puzzle. Pleasebe generous with your donations as allthe money you donate will go to thecharity except for the prize money. Thetotal amount of prize money will dependon the overall amount donated, butshould be in the order of £50. ...AND FINALLY Best Wishes to you all for a HappyChristmas and a successful New Year,not least in solving the puzzle. Pleaseensure that I recieve all entries bySaturday 30 January 1993. ASPIRE ASPIRE - The Association for SpinalInjury Research, Rehabilitation andReintegration - was established in 1983in an attempt to raise money for thefledgling spinal unit at the RoyalNational Orthopaedic Hospital with HRHThe Princess of Wales as its patron.Eight years later, it has collectedover £2 million to build a uniquerehabilitation centre at the hospital;is setting up a wheelchair workshop inEastern Europe; and is embarking on amajor research venture into how moderntechnology can overcome the disablingeffects of spinal cord injury. The first goal for the charityculminated with the royal opening ofthe Mike Heaffy Rehabilitation Centreand Camelia Botnar Sports Hall. Thisstate of the art rehabilitation centreenables able-bodied and disabled peopleto work and play alongside each otherwith physical and mental barriersremoved. Patients from the spinal unitusing the physiotherapy facilities mixwith local sports enthusiasts andformer patients of RNOH; manydisability groups in the greater Londonregion have discovered the Centre'sunique approach and atmosphere and areregular visitors. Since opening the Centre, ASPIRE hasdiscovered many other needs in thefield of integrating disabled andable-bodied people in the widercommunity. A number of projects arebeing funded by ASPIRE such as amechanical arm for severely disabledpeople to help improve their reach andmovement; specialist lightweightwheelchairs to allow ex-patients awider range of choices as they embarkon fulfilled independant lives; andhalfway houses for those who can beginthe process of getting on with theirown lives at the earlist opportunity. The first 18 months of the Mike HeaffyCentre have been a period of learningas to how best to tackle ASPIRE's goalof reintegration in resolutelypractical terms. The psychologicalbenefits gained by those who haverecently suffered a spinal cord injuryin witnessing the achievements andquality of life of other wheelchairusers cannot be overestimated. Thecentre has provided just such anenvironment where everyone who comesthrough its doors has both something tolearn and something to give.