Back Up has received a huge boost with a prestigious award of £25,000 from Glaxo Smith Kline's IMPACT award scheme in recognition of its outstanding work in improving healthcare.
The IMPACT Awards have been running since 1997 and are designed to recognise and reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health. Funded by GlaxoSmithKline as part of the company's corporate social responsibility programme and managed in partnership with The King’s Fund, the awards highlight the crucial role played by the voluntary sector in meeting health needs among deprived and vulnerable communities, often bridging gaps other services are unable to fill.
Back Up’s outreach and support teams regularly visit each of 11 specialist spinal centres across the UK to meet patients and their families. The teams maintain close contact by telephone as people go through the sometimes unsettling process of leaving spinal centres after their initial injury. Three hundred volunteers with experience of living with spinal cord injuries offer vital support and show how an active and healthy lifestyle can be achieved.
Louise Wright, Chief Executive Officer at Back Up said,
'The GSK Impact Award is an incredibly important seal of approval for us all at Back Up. For The Kings Fund to support the development of leaders in the third sector at such a time of social and economic change is hugely valuable’.
'It is now time for The Kings Fund to take up the opportunity of engaging with the network, especially on policy such as the current health and social care bill. Smaller charities such as ours, who understand the needs of their communities, could give a valuable insight into the effects of the bill on vulnerable communities.
'Without statutory funding, Back Up represents the voice of people affected by spinal cord injury only, without any other vested interests. This is what makes us special and must be maintained for the benefit of our service users.'
The award will enable the charity to allocate important funding to much-needed areas and also offers training support for volunteers worth £4,000.