Para-triathlete, Claire Danson, becomes a Back Up Patron

Claire is sitting with her sit-ski instructor in the prep room. They are both smiling

Claire Danson, Para-triathlete and former European Triathlon champion, has become a Back Up patron.

After sustaining her spinal cord injury in 2019, Claire met Back Up through our wheelchair skills training sessions in Salisbury Spinal Unit. These training sessions supported Claire in learning vital skills, helping her positively adjust to life with a spinal cord injury.

More recently, Claire attended our Colorado Sit-Ski course. This was the first time Claire had flew since her injury, and the first time she had ever gone skiing. Claire’s experience on this course transformed her life.

“The course taught me that my injury needn’t prevent me from having the same exhilarating experiences that others can enjoy. I’ve come back a different person. I’m full of confidence in my abilities and excited for the adventures I can go on in the future.”

Claire Danson

Spreading the word about Back Up

By becoming a Back Up patron, Claire will champion our vision of a world where people affected by spinal cord injury can reach their full potential.

“Back Up gives people the chance to see what’s possible after a spinal cord injury. That’s why I’m so excited to spread the word about Back Up’s services far and wide,” said Claire.

“I think the work that Back Up does literally changes people’s lives. Every experience I’ve had with Back Up has opened so many more doors for me. Back Up has helped me realise my spinal cord injury doesn’t stop me doing anything,” said Claire. “I’m excited to help guide more people towards this realisation.”

As a patron, Claire will use her experience and platform to help raise vital funds for our work and support us reach even more people affected by spinal cord injury.

“Claire embodies the Back Up values,” said Abigail Lock, CEO of Back Up. “She has been such an important part of our community – from taking on our iconic fundraising challenges, such as the #NoLimits London to Paris ride, to raising awareness of Back Up and our services through national newspaper articles and social media.”

“It’s Claire’s warmth, ability to empower others, and ambition to help Back Up reach even more people affected by spinal cord injury which makes me so excited for her to become a Back Up patron,” said Abigail.

Find out how you can get involved with Back Up today!