Back Up visits Irish spinal hospital

National Rehabilitation Hospital

The week has been established to celebrate all things trustee-related, highlighting the great work that trustees do, and to draw attention to the opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a real difference.
There are just over 180,000 charities in England and Wales registered with the Charity Commission, and perhaps another 80,000 that do not have to register, (usually because they are too small). These charities are all different, but one thing they have in common is their reliance on trustees.
Amazingly, there are estimated to be over 1,000,000 trustee positions in England and Wales and almost half of all charities is thought to have at least one vacancy for their board at any given time. 
Back Up too wouldn’t be able to survive without it’s dedicated trustee board, which brings together people from all round the country, with different skills, some with a spinal cord injury and some not.

Stephen Lightbown, is one of our current trustees. He joined Back Up in 2011 and brings experience in  the health service and PR and Communications from his ‘day job’, working within NHS. A staunch advocate of improving the rights and lives of people who have been spinally injured, Stephen is incredibly proud to be a part of Back Up. Stephen was himself spinally injured in 1996 following a sledging accident near his home town of Blackburn, Lancashire. 

In the coming few months, Back Up will be looking to expand it’s trustee board and will be looking for candidates who are able to think strategically, creatively and for the long-term, as well as having a strong commitment, of course, to the charity’s aims and values. Applications from anyone from a spinal cord injury rehabilitation background would also be particularly welcomed. 
Did you know that this week is National Trustees Week?
The week has been established to celebrate all things trustee-related, highlighting the great work that trustees do, and to draw attention to the opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a real difference.
There are just over 180,000 charities in England and Wales registered with the Charity Commission, and perhaps another 80,000 that do not have to register, (usually because they are too small). These charities are all different, but one thing they have in common is their reliance on trustees.
Amazingly, there are estimated to be over 1,000,000 trustee positions in England and Wales and almost half of all charities is thought to have at least one vacancy for their board at any given time. 
Back Up too wouldn’t be able to survive without it’s dedicated trustee board, which brings together people from all round the country, with different skills, some with a spinal cord injury and some not.

Stephen Lightbown, is one of our current trustees. He joined Back Up in 2011 and brings experience in  the health service and PR and Communications from his ‘day job’, working within NHS. A staunch advocate of improving the rights and lives of people who have been spinally injured, Stephen is incredibly proud to be a part of Back Up. Stephen was himself spinally injured in 1996 following a sledging accident near his home town of Blackburn, Lancashire. 

In the coming few months, Back Up will be looking to expand it’s trustee board and will be looking for candidates who are able to think strategically, creatively and for the long-term, as well as having a strong commitment, of course, to the charity’s aims and values. Applications from anyone from a spinal cord injury rehabilitation background would also be particularly welcomed. 
Did you know that this week is National Trustees Week?
The week has been established to celebrate all things trustee-related, highlighting the great work that trustees do, and to draw attention to the opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a real difference.
There are just over 180,000 charities in England and Wales registered with the Charity Commission, and perhaps another 80,000 that do not have to register, (usually because they are too small). These charities are all different, but one thing they have in common is their reliance on trustees.
Amazingly, there are estimated to be over 1,000,000 trustee positions in England and Wales and almost half of all charities is thought to have at least one vacancy for their board at any given time. 
Back Up too wouldn’t be able to survive without it’s dedicated trustee board, which brings together people from all round the country, with different skills, some with a spinal cord injury and some not.

Stephen Lightbown, is one of our current trustees. He joined Back Up in 2011 and brings experience in  the health service and PR and Communications from his ‘day job’, working within NHS. A staunch advocate of improving the rights and lives of people who have been spinally injured, Stephen is incredibly proud to be a part of Back Up. Stephen was himself spinally injured in 1996 following a sledging accident near his home town of Blackburn, Lancashire. 

In the coming few months, Back Up will be looking to expand it’s trustee board and will be looking for candidates who are able to think strategically, creatively and for the long-term, as well as having a strong commitment, of course, to the charity’s aims and values. Applications from anyone from a spinal cord injury rehabilitation background would also be particularly welcomed. 
Back Up was invited to meet with staff and patients from the spinal hospital in Ireland over two days last week.

We met with lots of team members from Occupational Therapy, Paediatrics, Physio, Clinical Psychology and nurses and consultants. We were also lucky enough to listen to a presentation by Spinal Injuries Ireland who work really closely in the hospital and run a fantastic outreach service. 

Over the two days we learnt a lot about how services are run, talked about how Back Up supports people affected by spinal cord injury, and was able to do a wheelchair skills session for 10 in-patients. It was a busy two days. 

Watch this space to find out how Back Up works with the National Rehabilitation Hospital in the future.

If you have a spinal cord injury (or are related to someone who does) and live in Ireland we would love to hear about your experiences and what you would like to see Back Up doing in Ireland.

Contact stef@backuptrust.org.uk with your comments.


Did you know that this week is National Trustees Week?
The week has been established to celebrate all things trustee-related, highlighting the great work that trustees do, and to draw attention to the opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a real difference.
There are just over 180,000 charities in England and Wales registered with the Charity Commission, and perhaps another 80,000 that do not have to register, (usually because they are too small). These charities are all different, but one thing they have in common is their reliance on trustees.
Amazingly, there are estimated to be over 1,000,000 trustee positions in England and Wales and almost half of all charities is thought to have at least one vacancy for their board at any given time. 
Back Up too wouldn’t be able to survive without it’s dedicated trustee board, which brings together people from all round the country, with different skills, some with a spinal cord injury and some not.

Stephen Lightbown, is one of our current trustees. He joined Back Up in 2011 and brings experience in  the health service and PR and Communications from his ‘day job’, working within NHS. A staunch advocate of improving the rights and lives of people who have been spinally injured, Stephen is incredibly proud to be a part of Back Up. Stephen was himself spinally injured in 1996 following a sledging accident near his home town of Blackburn, Lancashire. 

In the coming few months, Back Up will be looking to expand it’s trustee board and will be looking for candidates who are able to think strategically, creatively and for the long-term, as well as having a strong commitment, of course, to the charity’s aims and values. Applications from anyone from a spinal cord injury rehabilitation background would also be particularly welcomed. 






Top fundraiser puts the ‘fun’ in fundraising   
Whether it’s running 14 chilly, hilly miles,  pulling his mate, Nick in a wheelchair up Skiddaw, or even dressing up as Sacha Baron Cohen ‘s ‘Bruno’ (No, we’re not sure why either?!) Mark Howden has shown that he’s not only ‘game for a laugh’ but that he’s also really committed to fundraising for Back Up.
As a member of Nomura’s Equity Sales Team, Mark first got involved with Back Up when he was invited to our Ball by Normura trustee, Nick Barr-Hamilton - a wheelchair user himself -  back in 2002. Since then, Mark has gone on to become his department’s ‘Charity Champion’ and has attended the Back Up Ball every year for the last TEN years!  
Since he started his fundraising efforts, Mark has raised more than £15,000 for the charity, which has earned him the accolade of being one of Just Giving’s top fundraisers.  He’s now planning to raise more money for Back Up by becoming a wheelchair user for a week  - experiencing first-hand what it’s like and raising awareness among his somewhat bewildered colleagues!
If you too fancy supporting Back Up, then don’t worry – you don’t necessarily have to dress up as a camp Austrian or dance stupidly on a table at the Back Up Ball - Take a look at our Back Up Team website to see all the opportunities out there for fundraising fun.