Henry's Story

Henry in his wheelchair
“Back Up's training was great. I never would have thought that I had it in me to get down ramps and up kerbs on my own. It made me feel younger and more confident"

80 year old Henry developed a tumour on his spinal cord in 2008. He explains how wheelchair skills training transformed his life:

“The wheelchair I had at first was old and heavy. I suppose because of my age, it was probably felt that I would be pushed about, but I always insisted on pushing myself."

Henry attended one of Back Up's wheelchair skills training courses and soon developed the skills and techniques to help him to become more mobile.
“In fact I did so well that I was recommended a lightweight wheelchair.  The wheelchair skills I learned and my new chair have helped me maintain my independence."