Volunteer of the month October 2012: Guy Stevens

Guy Stevens

Guy spent a cold and wet Sunday in September supporting the annual ski kart taster day. Not only did he take time off work to chat to people with spinal cord injury and their families about skiing, but he also transported the karts and collected Ronnie, the ski instructor, who had come over from Sweden. This is typical of Guy’s dedication to Back Up. He goes the extra mile without even thinking about it.

Guy first got involved in 2006, when he volunteered as a buddy. After a few courses, he then trained as a group leader, and since then has group led on a range of courses, including ski courses in Colorado and Sweden.  In addition, his ongoing support to Back Up taster days has been invaluable and very much appreciated.

One of the highlights for Guy has been the friendships he has formed with people with spinal cord injury. Barry West, a power chair user who Guy group led with in Sweden in 2009 remembers a snowball fight that they had with some others: “We lost. I wasn't much help, more of a sitting target, but we never gave up. That really underlines Guy as a person; he always gets across to people on the courses that they should never give up. He’s a massive asset to any team.”

Ally, Courses Manager says, “Guy always gives 110% when volunteering for Back Up. His dedication and passion  shine through and he is always happy to support the courses service in any way he can. Huge thanks Guy!”