Stories of Stoke Mandeville Hospital and the Origins of the Paralympics

Posted on August 28th, 2012 by The British Newspaper Archive

With the 2012 Paralympic Games now underway in London, we thought we’d post some stories about the pioneering sporting activities that Stoke Mandeville Hospital organised in the late 1940s, as well as some of the very moving reports about some of the patients who were admitted to the famous Spinal Injuries Unit.

We were especially moved by the incredible story of Miss Nancy Windley.

If you’d like to read further stories about Stoke Mandeville Hospital, just do a Phrase Search for ‘Stoke Mandeville’ in the Archive.

newspaper report on stoke mandeville hospital

Western Morning News – Tuesday 03 August 1948

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http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000329/19480803/003/0002

newspaper report on stoke mandeville hospital

Chelmsford Chronicle – Friday 19 December 1947

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http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000516/19471219/004/0001

newspaper report on stoke mandeville hospital

Western Daily Press – Saturday 03 August 1946

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http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000513/19460803/038/0004

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