Congratulations to Laura May who last month won the British Red Cross Humanitarian Award for outstanding volunteering for a young person. Back Up nominated Laura as in her voluntary roles with us, she has gone above and beyond to support numerous other children to adjust to their injuries and achieve their dreams.
She is a founding member of our youth advisory group (who give strategic guidance to Back Up on our under 18 services), has group led on 2 rehabilitative courses for under 13s and is a schools advocate. She is an incredible role model; she is not afraid to talk about her personal experiences to support other children and parents in their journey of adjustment.
Laura is instrumental in influencing services for children with spinal cord injury. She gave a talk to 200 healthcare professionals, talking from her own experience about how vital specialist care is. She helped professionals focus on the individual child, what that child needs, who that child wants to be, and challenged professionals’ perceptions of their potential. She fundraises too; raising money for Back Up in 2012 by doing the Snowdon Push.
So a well deserved win. Thank you Laura for all you do for Back Up.