Donate in memory
Sadly, Kay lost her husband Mike and made the generous decision to ask those close to them to donate to Back Up in lieu of flowers, raising an incredible £1000.
“After Mike’s death, I decided to donate to Back Up because they were there for me at a time when I really needed help.
”Helping me also helped Mike and I know he really appreciated this. I know he would be overwhelmed with the response and very happy that the money will be put to good use”.
She first got involved with Back Up in 2009, after Mike was left permanently paralysed. She received support from a family mentor.
“When I first spoke with Back Up I was quite distressed. Within two weeks, they had matched me up with a mentor. They found me such a good match. She was instantly the right person for me.
”My mentor made my expectations more realistic and helped me to take a step back from everything. I was less stressed and had more energy. Seeing my confidence improve made Mike feel that he was alright.”
£1000 will allow us to train two new volunteer family mentors to support more people like Kay.
Donating in memory of someone special can be a positive way to celebrate their life and support our vital services. It will allow us to train even more mentors who can be a lifeline for people like Kay, supporting them through their darkest hours when they need us most. Friends and family can give an extra special gift with the knowledge that it will make a huge difference to the lives of everyone affected by spinal cord injury.
There are several ways for friends and family to donate
You can speak to the funeral directors first and find out how they handle donations (often the directors will collect money in lieu of flowers and forward it on to the charities).
We can help you set up a personal page using Charity Checkout which you can direct people to or some people choose to set up a Just Giving page in memory of their loved ones. Donors then visit the page and Just Giving process their donations and forward them to us.