Independence

Photo of Melanie exercising in her racing chair - the featured image in her Three Marathons story

Melanie’s Story: Three marathons in three days

In January 2018, Melanie was out cycling on the country roads outside Inverness one day. ...

Photo of Hannah with her PAs - the featured image of her story about verbal independence

Hannah’s story: Verbal Independence

Hannah’s life changed completely when she was just fifteen years old. One day, she had ...

A photo of John standing on a ramp, and one of him handcycling in the countryside - featured image from his Independence over time story

John’s story: Independence over time

When John was twenty years old, he sustained a C5 spinal cord injury in a ...

Andrew smiling after his marathon and with friends

Andrew’s story: Defining my independence

In 2011, Andrew was involved in a motorcycle crash and sustained a T10 level spinal ...

Maisie and her mother Michelle smiling at a festival

Maisie and Michelle’s story: Parenting and spinal cord injury

In 2015, Maisie was sitting in a school assembly when she felt a sudden pain ...

Beth’s story: Another meaning for independence

It could be thought that being dependent on others is the antithesis of being independent. ...

Back Up awarded ‘most deserving snowsport charity’ by SIGB

Back Up has won the Snow Sport Industries of Great Britain (SIGB) ...

Jemima’s story: The Push

I have always been a very active, outdoorsy girl. I love going out with friends, ...

International Day of Persons with Disabilities | Trish’s story

In 1990 I was studying Hospitality Management in Edinburgh. Over the Christmas holidays I visited ...

Airplane mid flight

Flying tips for people with a spinal cord injury

Worried about flying? Read our top tips for travelling by plane when you have a ...