The Back-Up Trust assisted our customer, Jack Barlow, in regaining his independence after he suffered a spinal cord injury in a car crash in July 2012. Although he has been fortunate enough not to lose complete use of his legs, he is heavily reliant on a wheelchair.
Jack was put in touch with the charity because it arranges wheelchair skills training and activity courses to enable those injured to lead a more independent life. The charity teaches skills to help new wheelchair users manoeuvre and get around in their chair including getting on to public transport. It also arranges fun activities for them to get involved with such as camping and canoeing, as well mentoring and support services.
Jack attended a wheelchair skills course last year to master his pushing technique and learn how to manoeuvre over kerbs and obstacles. The course really helped Jack gain more confidence using his new wheelchair so that he can enjoy life to the full and it was a great way for him to meet people facing a similar situation.
After impressing staff with his abilities, he has now furthered his involvement with the charity by becoming a wheelchair mentor for the under 13’s.
He recently attended a wheelchair mentoring course in Stoke Mandeville to learn communication and listening skills so that he can encourage other young people with spinal cord injuries. Now a fully-fledged mentor, he is due to help out at the under 13’s activity course which takes place in Exmoor for five days. He’s keen to show off his skills and will be on hand to offer advice and share his experiences.
It can be a difficult time dealing with the effects of life-changing spinal injuries but Jack’s story is an inspiration that can help many others on their journey to recovery.
His mum, Becky Barlow, said: “After attending the courses delivered by the Back-Up Trust, he came back completely different. This was a really big step for him and he was put in touch with the Back-Up Trust at the right time. It wasn’t too long after his injuries but he just went straight into it.”
“His confidence had grown and he made lots of new friends. Jack was able to take part in various activities such as horse riding and camping, and it made him realise that he can still do things despite his injuries.”
At Fletchers we understand that serious accidents can have long-lasting effects on those involved and it is extremely important that victims get the support and help they need to rebuild their lives. This is why we are proud to support the outstanding work of The Back-Up Trust. Life doesn’t stop after a serious injury and we are fully committed to our customers during every stage of their recovery.
The Back-Up Trust is a charity that supports anyone who has been affected by a spinal cord injury, working with people of all ages and their families. All of their courses are aimed at helping those affected build up confidence and independence, with activities including wheelchair skills, climbing and abseiling, swimming and archery.