Back Up was featured in a short film during the One Big Night concert for Children in Need. You can watch the full concert on YouTube here
What's BBC Children in Need?
BBC Children in Need provides grants to projects in the UK which focus on children and young people who are disadvantaged. Back Up receives support from Children in Need for our work with children and young people with spinal cord injury.
The film was presented by Tom Jones and Rob Brydon, and told the story of a young person affected by spinal cord injury, Ashleigh Harris. It showed viewers how spinal cord injury impact on people's lives. Aside from the physical impact, spinal cord injury has a significant psychological impact on the person with the injury and their family. A spinal cord injury can be devastating but we believe that it should not prevent anyone from getting the most out of life.
In 2012, Ashleigh’s life changed forever when a horse riding accident left her permanently paralysed from the waist down. After the injury, she went through depression, attempted suicide and self harmed. When Ashleigh was discharged from hospital, it was hard to return home as her house was not adapted. She had to sleep in her dining room for months and was very dependent on her family.
She first heard about Back Up in hospital and decided to go on a Back Up residential course. The course helped Ashleigh to face her fear and she got back on a horse. When she got home, her mum said it felt like the old Ashleigh was back. Since being involved with Back Up, Ashleigh has trained as a young wheelchair skills trainer and supports other young people in a similar situation.
Three years down the line and Ashleigh’s life feels normal again. She studies law in college, plays wheelchair basketball and hopes to travel the world. “So many things have come out of a bad situation and Back Up has been instrumental in making it happen. I genuinely don’t think I would be here without the support they gave me.”
Help us support more people like Ashleigh
We want to say a massive thank you to BBC Children in Need, who have been supporting our vital work with children and young people since 2011. We rely on the generosity of our supporters to deliver life-changing services to people like Ashleigh. If you want to support young people who are paralysed, please donate here. Your donation, big or small, will help us transform lives.
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