Volunteer of the month September 2012: Sophie Carrigill

Sophie Carrigill abseilingl in her wheelchair

Sophie, aged 18, is the first young person, directly involved with delivering services for young people, to be volunteer of the month!

“I was injured 2 years ago in a car crash in America, in which I sustained a T6 injury.  I first got involved with Back Up when they came to visit my spinal unit and did a wheelchair skills session. I was really inspired and wanted to find out more. We kept in touch and then I went on the multi activity course for 13-17 year olds last year. I was then asked to be part of the Young Adults Group and afterwards to be group leader. I had never done anything like group leading before. Claire, the other adult Group Leader was great in helping and advising me on things.”

Claire says; “Sophie wasn’t shy to get stuck in from day one. She spoke up anytime she had any questions and always chatted things through.  She was fantastic motivating and encouraging others and is an inspiration bearing in mind what she has achieved since her spinal cord injury.”

Sophie adds, “I was very active and sporty before my accident and I didn't want to let anything stop me going back to that. Back Up really helped me see a future in sport again. I volunteer because of the course I did last year; I feel very much in debt to Back Up because of how they helped me. I want to help others and show them that life is not over, in some ways can be better!”