9 Feb 2017 by CST
Last week CST, together with The Gerald Ronson Family Foundation and Israeli robotics company, ReWalk, hosted a special event with paralysed former West Midlands Police Officer, Nicki Donnelly at the CST offices in London. Nicki was officially presented with her personal ReWalk exoskeleton, which was sponsored by The Gerald Ronson Family Foundation.
Nicki Donnelly formerly served as a West Midlands Police Officer for nearly ten years. She was involved in a road traffic collision and her Police car was hit, and she was subsequently attacked. Nicki sustained a host of injuries that ultimately left her paralysed from the chest down and limited her function in her fingers and hands. Following the incident, she was retired from the West Midlands Police force with six bravery commendations and received a medal of exemplary bravery for having served her country.
At the presentation last week, CST Chairman, Gerald Ronson, officially presented the exoskeleton to Nicki and explained why he had chosen to support an injured Police officer. Stephen Ruffle, representing ReWalk, explained what the ReWalk personal system can do and described the ground breaking technology. Nicki demonstrated her ReWalk system, which she mastered in a record-breaking seven weeks. Nicki also told her moving story, from her journey into the Police, to her injury, recovery and subsequent introduction to ReWalk. She also discussed her relationship with her daughter, which she states got her through the difficult period following her life-changing incident and paralysis.
Nicki Donnelly, speaking to the Jewish News following the event, said:
“I’ve received a great awareness of the Jewish community. The more I tell the story about the Israeli inventor, who’s quadriplegic, the more it’s created an awareness that good technology comes from Israel…It’s a number one goal to meet the Israeli inventor, Amit Goffer. I am truly grateful for his role in this.”
You can find out more about Nicki’s story, and her crucial work raising awareness of spinal cord injury, here.
[Image credit: Jason Glass]
7 Feb 2017 by CST
CST has received several reports of leaflets that include antisemitism and Holocaust denial, being found at a handful of Universities across the United Kingdom. Reports have come from Glasgow, Cambridge, University College London and Edinburgh universities. There have also been unconfirmed reports about the leaflets being handed out at the London School of Economics. Read more…
1 Feb 2017 by CST
The below is a joint statement from the Community Security Trust, The Board of Deputies of British Jews, Jewish Leadership Council and the Union of Jewish Students: Read more…
23 Jan 2017 by CST
CST received reports of six antisemitic incidents in the Edgware and Mill Hill areas of Barnet over the weekend of 20/21 January, five of which had occurred on the weekend itself and one of which took place the weekend before. These incidents included eggs being thrown at Jewish people and property; antisemitic graffiti; and a brick with swastikas drawn on it being thrown through the front window of a Jewish family’s home. Read more…
29 Dec 2016 by CST
CST’s security volunteers are crucial for CST’s work keeping the Jewish community in the United Kingdom safe. With a wave of terror attacks across Europe in 2015 and 2016, the Jewish community has often been a secondary or tertiary target for attacks, such as in Copenhagen and Paris in early 2015. In light of this, CST relies on its security volunteers more than ever to protect the Jewish community. Read more…
16 Dec 2016 by CST
CST is proud of its close ties with the Police nationally. As part of this relationship, CST hosts and facilitates several training and education sessions during the year, such as the High Holy Day Briefing and various Police seminars nationwide. Read more…
13 Dec 2016 by CST
Last week CST attended the EU High Level Group on Combating Racism, Xenophobia and Other Forms of Intolerance meeting in Brussels. CST has been working with the group for several months to tackle hate speech online, by engaging with numerous social media and internet companies including Facebook, Twitter, Google and Microsoft. Read more…