After his accident, whilst an inpatient at Alder Hey Hospital, Jack got involved with the Back-Up Trust, a charity that supports anyone who has been affected by a spinal cord injury. Jack took wheelchair skills training with the Back-Up Trust and last year Jack was given the roll of training the under 13’s and this year he will be training the under 18’s on the course despite only being 16 himself!
When we asked Jack’s mum Becky Barlow to tell us about how his life has been since the accident, she said:
He has been getting out and about lots since the accident and he never stops now! He has met some friends through Back-Up and has inspired people of all ages. Jack is so positive and never has a negative word to say about anything.
Jack has now become an advisory mentor for the Back-Up Trust and he works with the under 18’s, mentoring them to make the most out of themselves and do the best that they can despite their injuries. His mum stated, “Jack has become a lot more independent and active since the accident because of his involvement with Back-Up. His life has really turned around; he has so much to do all the time!”
In November last year, Jack won the Young Inspirational Award with the Back-Up Trust because of all of his involvement with them. This was due to how much volunteering he has done, how positive he is about his injuries and his accident.
When Jack is not helping and mentoring others, he spends his time training for wheelchair basketball, one of the many things he is taken up since his accident. His mum Becky said, “He has so much talent for it, the GB captain has seen him playing basketball and he was very impressed with Jack, he has said that he is one to look out for – this definitely brought a lump to my throat!”
In addition to all the work Jack does with the Back-Up Trust and his wheelchair basketball, he still finds the time to fit in all his schoolwork. He has continued to do well with his schoolwork and has recently passed his maths GCSE with flying colours. Jack manages to maintain his high standards of schoolwork whilst continuing with all of his therapies.
We asked Jack’s mum how she feels about his life after injury and she said:
Everyone from wheelchair basketball and school and Back-Up are all so positive about him and it makes me such a proud mother. It is brilliant to hear it and I think that wheelchair basketball and Back-up are his life now and are definitely something he can continue with for the foreseeable future. He realises what a difference he can make now to other people’s lives and understands how important it is to him. He makes a lot of time for Back-Up and it has been the making of him, along with wheelchair basketball.
Fletchers understand how important it is for victims of serious injuries to get the support they need to help them in rebuilding their lives. We ensure we fully support our clients through their recovery and are proud to support the work of the Back-Up Trust.