Back Up: transforming lives after spinal cord injury

This month we are featuring the brilliant charity Back Up which shares PLG’s desire to enable those with a spinal cord injury to achieve their ambitions whether that is in their adapted home, their jobs, family life or recreation time.

Back Up was created in 1986 after Mike Nemesvary, famed for being a stuntman and skier in James Bond’s A View to a Kill, had life changing injuries at the age of just 24. He was determined to get “Back Up a mountain” and not only did he achieve that, but he gave hope to so many others with spinal cord injuries that they could too!

So, it was only appropriate that Back Up emerged from the darkness of the pandemic earlier this year with a 007 themed dinner in London with Barbara Broccoli in virtual attendance! And Daniel Craig, while not quite there himself, did send along a signed limited edition 007 Omega oyster watch for the auction! This event marked the beginning of the way back for this charity from a difficult 2 years, but which has also been instructive in how virtual charity giving and support can really work!

We talked to Jo Wright, Chair of the Trustees for Back Up, who has herself had a spinal cord injury.

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