Philanthropy and trusts

Back Up receives no government funding. We rely solely on the generosity of individuals who dedicate their time to supporting charities and helping them to change peoples’ lives.

Their vital support ensures that we can continue to deliver our life-changing services for people with spinal cord injury. This could be financially or by helping us to deliver our outstanding fundraising events through your business expertise and networks. If you are involved with a charitable trust or would like to make a contribution as an individual, we would be delighted to discuss how you or your trust might be able to support us.

To find out more about the difference a donation could make, please see our most recent Annual Report and Accounts.

Our partners

We are supported by a range of trusts, from small family run trusts to large charitable bodies. We are extremely grateful to every one of these for their support. Without them we could not reach as many people and have such a huge impact.

We would like to say a special thank you to the following trusts:

  • Big Lottery Fund, via Reaching Communities and Awards for All
  • The Persula Foundation
  • The Alice Ellen Cooper Dean Foundation
  • The John Horniman Children’s Trust
  • The Childwick Trust
  • Sovereign Health Care Community Programme

What your donation could do:

£1,400 – Help people find independence through our rehab courses

Back Up runs courses which equip people with the required practical skills to help them be more mobile and, also, feel more confident about living alone, going away to study or starting work. A donation of £1,400 could help someone to find their independence.

£800 – Train a wheelchair skills trainer

£800 could train one volunteer to become a wheelchair skills trainer. They will visit spinal hospitals and attend Back Up courses to help people overcome their fears, tackle obstacles and feel confident going out into their community.

£1,100 – Give children the opportunity to meet others and learn skills.

Our summer courses help young people with spinal cord injury to make friends, learn vital life skills and share experiences with other young people who have been through the same issues. £1,100 could help a child affected by spinal cord injury to have a positive start in life.

£6,000 – Show people that their disability doesn’t have to hold them back from doing what they love.

Our ski courses help people to discover what is still possible, after paralysis, through challenging themselves in an exciting environment and meeting others with spinal cord injury. The experience is life-changing and we are proud to say that anyone can come on our courses – whatever their level of injury. £6,000 could give someone the opportunity to experience the freedom of life on the slopes.


If your Charitable Trust would like to support Back Up, please contact our Trusts Manager, Jonathan, by email or call him on 020 8875 1805.