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Manfred Sauer Foundation

The charitable Manfred Sauer Foundation wants to contribute to a barrier-free coexistence of people with spinal cord injury and pedestrians.

The foundation was founded in 2001 with the motto "Promoting the Motivation of Paralyse People”. In line with the foundation's philosophy, this means the willingness to use individual abilities in the form of work and/or social commitment. As with all people, the assumption of responsibility and performance contributes to a balanced and life-affirming self-esteem in people with spinal cord injury. The Manfred Sauer Foundation wants to point out coping strategies and give orientation with its main topics. Although the Manfred Sauer Foundation's offers are aimed at people with spinal cord injury, the house is open to everyone. In a life-affirming environment, the Manfred Sauer Foundation wants to create the conditions for encounters and interaction between people with and without spinal cord injury and thus contribute to integration.

The Founder: Manfred Sauer

Manfred Sauer himself is tetraplegic. He broke his cervical spine in 1963 as a 19-year-old student during a holiday in England due to a swimming accident.

His medical rehabilitation took place at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital near Oxford, England, then the world's leading treatment centre for paraplegics, under the direction of neurologist Sir Ludwig Gutmann. The treatment methods developed by the medical doctor Sir Ludwig Guttmann were designed to reintegrate paraplegic patients into the work process with the aim of making them taxpayers. This idea of performance as a goal of rehabilitation accompanied Manfred Sauer throughout his life and is his driving force.

After his stay at the clinic, he received commercial training in Maria Veen in Westphalia and was employed as a commercial trainer for the first time at the Kurt-Lindemann-Haus, the vocational rehabilitation centre of the Orthopaedic University Hospital in Heidelberg, which was newly established in 1965.

In 1974, Manfred Sauer left the public service to set up his own business with one of his employees, the so-called condom urinal in bladder incontinence, which he developed further. In 1982, he set up a production plant in the Lobbach industrial estate, where all components of this system as well as catheters are manufactured today and where more than 300 people are employed.

The Origin

The Manfred Sauer Foundation was established in 2001 by Manfred Sauer. It is a private, non-profit organization with legal capacity. Manfred Sauer's private assets and his shares in Manfred Sauer GmbH were transferred to the Manfred Sauer Foundation. The Manfred Sauer Foundation is not a rehabilitation facility but a barrier-free meeting place for paraplegic wheelchair users and pedestrians. The foundation wants to give impulses for conscious living.


If you want to support the Manfred Sauer Foundation in its charitable commitment, you can do so in many ways:

  • Monetary donation
    Would you like to support the foundation with a donation? Please use the following account of the Manfred-Sauer-Foundation:

    Volksbank Neckartal eG
    Account 18712105
    SORT CODE 672 917 00
    IBAN DE59 6729 1700 0018 7121 05

    Please indicate in the intended purpose that it is a donation and state your address for the purpose of sending a donation receipt.
  • Donation in kind
    You can also contribute to the success of the foundation idea with a donation in kind, e.g. for the creative workshop. Ask us, we look forward to your call, Tel. +49 6226 960 250.

UPDATE | 30.10.2020

Dear guests and fitness members,

we are sorry to inform you that due to the current situation and the measures imposed by the authorities we will have to close our house from 2.11.2020 until further notice. This concerns the seminar hotel, the restaurant "Die Küche", the creative workshop and the fitness and wellness area.

Information for members: The membership fees in November will not be collected.

We will do our best to respond promptly to your enquiries by e-mail or on our answering machine. We will inform you about changes on our homepage. 

Thank you for your understanding and stay healthy.
Your team of the Manfred Sauer Foundation