Charity Spotlight – Back Up

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Back Up demonstrates amazing impact to enrich the lives of those impacted by spinal cord injury.

Every 8 hours, someone has their life changed forever through spinal cord injury in the UK. Back Up provides out-reach with much needed emotional and practical support.

30th anniversary of transforming lives after spinal cord injury

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“We’ve been supporting people with spinal cord injury for over 30 years. As we celebrate our 30th anniversary, we’ve set ourselves a challenge: to reach even more people, raise awareness of the issues they face, to celebrate their achievements and bring people together for change. Our aim is for everyone affected by spinal cord injury to live the life they want and receive the support they need to fulfill their potential.” – Louise Wright, Back Up’s CEO.”

Founder, Mike Nemesvary began the charity in 1986 following a skiing accident. The charity’s compassion is underpinned through a deep understanding of the challenges impacting someone with a spinal cord injury.

Guardian Charity Award winner 2014

The Guardian newspaper recognized Back Up with a 2014 Charity award for their work, which includes support for younger people. They noted that “Each year 1,000 people will sustain a spinal cord injury in the UK through accident or illness. It could be something as simple as falling down the stairs. [Back Up] helps around 60% of those newly injured and believes it should not prevent anyone from getting the most out of life”.

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Back Up has tailored out-reach programs for under 18s and young people as well as school education services.

London Paris bike ride

The London to Paris ride on June 3-6 is a joint fundraising event with Aspire, open to cyclists and hand-cyclists. One of our customers, Wellspect HealthCare, has a team taking part.

“Challenge events like London to Paris and the support of organisations like Wellspect means we can keep on delivering our vital services to people with spinal cord injury and their families.” – Louise Wright, Back Up’s CEO.”


One of the riders, Jonathan Simpson from Wellspect HealthCare added;

“Having had the privilege to see the superb work and support Back Up provide to their members through my position with Wellspect it is an honour to be given the opportunity to raise some funds for them through this bike ride.”

Opencity Inc. pledge to supporting the Wellspect HealthCare team and helping share news of how they get on in June.

There are many ways that you can get involved to support the fantastic work of Back Up transforming lives after spinal cord injury.


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Photos courtesy of Back Up Trust