Transformaing lives after spinal cord injury

Pete's story

Pete's son Luke had an accident in France 15 years ago when he was a teenager, breaking his neck.

Pete said "Luke was in Stoke Mandeville hospital for 10 months which is where we found out about Back Up. Luke benefitted greatly by getting involved and has worked and volunteered for Back Up over the last 10 years, in particular by mentoring young people with spinal cord injuries. I started getting involved too, helping to raise funds: I have jumped out of an aeroplane and been auctioned off as a chef!"

 

"A while ago I was asked if I would participate in a scheme to be a mentor for other parents of people with spinal cord injuries. I only had to think back to realise how much help it would have been for me, being able to share experiences and thoughts with someone who had been through this totally new, consuming and life changing scenario. I was really keen to commit regular time to mentoring and helping to make a difference. Back Up provided a bespoke weekend residential training course which gave me the confidence, insight and skills to start mentoring."


"Volunteering as a Back Up mentor is now a very fulfilling part of my calendar. It is very reassuring to have members of the Back Up team at the end of a phone providing the expertise and support that I need in the role. It is very rewarding to know that I have helped to make a difference."

 

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