Over 50 people under the age of 18 suffer from a spinal cord injury in the UK every year. Children with a spinal cord injury are less likely to live independently and get married when they grow up. Depression and isolation are common. People with spinal cord injury are over 5 times as likely to attempt suicide as the overall average. Back-Up reaches out to all people under the age of 18 who have suffered from a spinal cord injury to help them develop an independent and confident lifestyle.
The Back-Up Trust is the only charity in the UK providing U-18 services for people with a spinal cord injury. We provide services mentoring, wheelchair skills training, activity courses, a schools project, and an outreach programme.
We aim to be a vital part of the coping process for all children who suffer from a spinal cord injury in the UK. The confidence that the children gain from our services positively affect not only them but their family, friends, and community.