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.

What your donation could do:

£10,000 – Support 40 people to come to terms with their injury and get back the life they want.

Back Up’s accredited mentoring service supports people to find ways of coping that work for them. All our volunteer mentors have been affected by spinal cord injury themselves, and can inspire others to believe in a positive future. A £10,000 grant could cover the direct costs of this invaluable support for 40 people.

£5,000 – Help 10 people to find independence through our rehab courses

Back Up runs life-affirming courses that train people in vital skills for independence and give them the confidence to pursue their ambitions. This could mean living alone, going away to study or starting to work. A grant of £5,000 could fund 10 people 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.

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:

  • The National Lottery Community Fund, via Improving Lives and Reaching Communities
  • BBC Children in Need
  • The Bruce Wake Charitable Trust
  • The St James Place Charitable Foundation
  • The Henry Smith Charity
  • The Garfield Weston Foundation
  • The Bothwell Charitable Trust
  • The Childwick Trust
  • The Persula Foundation
  • The Alice Ellen Cooper Dean Foundation
  • The Baxter International Foundation
  • The Rothschild Foundation
  • The James Tudor Foundation
  • The John Horniman’s Children’s Trust
  • The Mitre Trust
  • The Sovereign Health Care Community Programme


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.