Finance Score: -2
Governance Score: 9
Support Score: 11
  • Good reserves management: +3
  • Fundraising costs high: -5
  • Good trustee age range: +3
  • Dynamic board: +3
  • Gender balanced board: +3
  • Grant maker support: +11
Overall GiG Score: 18 ?


We are a vital charity for everyone affected by spinal cord injury, providing services that transform lives and rebuild confidence and independence.
Analysis by Giving is Great


  • The charity has received backing from multiple prominent grant makers recently
  • Reserves management has been consistently within official guidelines
  • There have been no material income shortfalls in recent years
  • The Board appears to be well diversified in terms of age and gender and dynamic in terms of composition

Regulatory & Governance issues to consider:

  • One or more trustees receive payments or benefits from the charity for providing services to the charity

Financial issues to consider:

  • Fundraising costs are extremely high relative to funds raised

Financial Data ?

Income & Spending ?
Sources of Income ?
Y/E Income
Cost £k
Funds £k
Funds £k
Staff Volun-

Financial Ratios
Fundraising Costs/Relevant Income: 63%
Fundraising Costs/Total Spending: 35.7%
Senior Staff Costs/Total Spending: 9%
Highest pay band: £70,000-£80,000
Liabilities/Assets: 18%
Liabilities/Income: 13%
Unrestricted Funds/Total Funds: 87%
Reserves/Spending: 5.9 months
Net Current Assets/Spending: 6 months
Quick Ratio: 3.7
Asset Split ?
Established: 26 years


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Listed activities
  • Amateur Sport
  • Disability
  • Education/Training
GiG Classification
  • Philanthropic intermediaries and voluntarism promotion
How it operates
  • Provides advocacy/advice/information
  • Provides human resources
  • Provides services
Where it operates
  • Scotland, Throughout England And Wales,
Who it helps
  • Children/Young People
  • People With Disabilities

Who's supporting them? ?

Donations from Grant Makers ?

We have details on the following significant donations. Multi-year donations are allocated to the years for which they are earmarked.

Major supporters in last 5 years
Henry Smith Charity£435,000
City Bridge Trust£246,255
National Lottery Community Fund£175,033
Department of Health£150,000
Garfield Weston Foundation£80,000
Specific Donations
Amount When
To be used for
Henry Smith Charity - Grant to Back Up Trust
£210,000 05/12/2023
towards three years‘ continuation funding of the running costs of a project providing a mentoring service for adults with a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) who are in crisis across the UK.
Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust - The Back-Up Trust - 23/08/22
£3,000 13/09/2022
Core Funding
Henry Smith Charity - Grant to Back Up Trust
£120,000 17/05/2022
towards three years' additional staffing of the Outreach Team at an organisation providing support for adults with a spinal cord injury, who are in crisis and have been adversely affected by the ....more
Garfield Weston Foundation - Main Grants award
£40,000 11/03/2022
Adult front-line services
National Lottery Community Fund - Strengthening services to Scots with spinal cord injury (SCI)
£145,776 15/02/2022
The organisation will use the funds to continue and develop their services and support to those affected by spinal cord injury across Scotland. They will ensure individuals affected by spinal cord ....more
National Lottery Community Fund - SCI Outreach in Wales
£10,000 24/01/2022
The Back-Up Trust will use £10000 for a co-ordinator to provide peer support and mentoring for people in Cardiff with spinal cord injuries.
National Lottery Community Fund - Salisbury Outreach
£10,000 21/01/2022
The funding will be used to provide peer support and mentoring for people with spinal cord injuries and their families. This will provide access to wheelchair skills telephone support intensive ....more
Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust - The Back-Up Trust - 21/07/21
£1,500 10/08/2021
Peer Mentoring for People Affected by Spinal Cord Injury
City Bridge Trust - Grant to Back Up
£239,500 15/04/2021
£239,500 over 5 years (£42,100; £47,900: £49,500; £50,000; £50,000) towards, project costs and overheads to support Londoners with a spinal cord injury to live independent lives.
Department of Health - Transforming national Spinal Cord Injury services
£150,000 18/03/2021
The grant fund to the FNF will facilitate the development of an end-to-end grant funding process for the 18 diaspora groups (i.e advertising, application, shortlisting, interviews, awarding funds and ....more
Garfield Weston Foundation - Main Grants award
£40,000 20/11/2020
COVID-19 services for people with a spinal cord injury
DCMS - Coronavirus Community Support Fund
£100,000 29/09/2020
"The fund aims to:1) To reduce closures of essential charities that provide essential services to vulnerable groups during the COVID-19 crisis by ensuring they have the financial resources to ....more
The London Community Foundation - Grant to The Back-Up Trust (Back Up)
£7,955 11/09/2020
The funding is for our remote services for Londoners affected by spinal cord injury. Through mentoring, telephone support and online support groups, we help people rebuild their confidence and ....more
£7,955 11/09/2020
NET, Comic Relief and Children in Need will use this funding to provide: increased support to vulnerable people and hidden groups, thus reducing the burden on public services; reach local grassroots ....more
City Bridge Trust - Grant to Back Up
£6,755 11/06/2020
£6,755 to fund the essential and urgent costs outlined in the application, in order to carry on providing support to Londoners.
Henry Smith Charity - Grant to Back Up Trust
£105,000 19/03/2020
towards three years' continuation funding of a mentoring service for adults with a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) who are in crisis, across the UK
The Clothworkers Foundation - Grant to Back-Up Trust
£7,200 20/01/2020
partition of a sound proof room for a charity which works with people with disabilities nationally
Sir George Martin Trust - Grant to Back Up Trust
£2,628 21/11/2019
Core costs for Disability Support & Activities
Sir George Martin Trust - Grant to Back Up Trust
£2,628 21/11/2019
Core costs for Disability Support & Activities
National Lottery Community Fund - Early support to return to work
£9,257 11/10/2019
Early support to return to work
Garfield Weston Foundation - Main Grants award
£30,000 07/03/2019
Wheelchair skills training
BBC Children in Need - Grant to Back-Up Trust
£105,706 23/10/2018
A young leaders programme, training 48 children and young people with a spinal cord injury to support others. Young people will participate more in their communities, have increased support networks ....more
National Lottery Community Fund - Next Steps Course - Spring 2018
£8,123 27/04/2018
The charity will deliver a range of training and support courses for people living with the effects of spinal cord injury. This will enable people to achieve personal aims, develop new skills and ....more
National Lottery Community Fund - Spinal Cord Injury: a fair deal for Scotland
£149,859 26/07/2017
This group aims to change the provision of services to those newly injured or just released from hospital with their spinal cord injury. The range of activities will help to reduce the isolation, ....more
Garfield Weston Foundation - Main Grants award
£30,000 06/07/2017
Tailored support for people with incomplete injuries
National Lottery Community Fund - Spring & summer personal transformation courses
£210,375 22/03/2017
This group will develop their existing project and will provide support for people with spinal cord injuries with a focus on those with multiple needs. The project will engage with those most in need ....more
Henry Smith Charity - Grant to Back-Up Trust
£75,000 08/12/2016
towards three years' running costs of a programme of work with children and young people with spinal cord injury and their families in the UK
National Lottery Community Fund - Outreach and Support - Join the Dots
£404,894 15/07/2015
An England-wide project to help give people with a sustained spinal cord injury the practical and emotional tools to manage the difficult transition from hospital to home. The scheme will include a ....more
City Bridge Trust - Grant to Back-Up Trust
£165,600 25/09/2014
£165,600 over 3 years (£54,100; £55,200: £56,300) towards salaries, project costs and overheads to support Londoners with a spinal cord injury.
National Lottery Community Fund - Back Up Mentoring
£451,572 17/04/2013
The aim of this continuation project by The Back-Up Trust (TBT) is to provide support through peer mentors for people affected by Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). It aims to challenge perceptions of ....more
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Data sourced from Donors via 360 Giving

How is it governed?

Trustees (12)
Current Trustees appointed
Gender Split

Age Range of Trustees: 36-62
Legal constitution
  • Charitable company registered in England & Wales on 30/10/1998, number: 1072216
  • Registered at Companies House on 13/07/1998, number: 03596996
Gift Aid
  • Registered with HMRC for Gift Aid
Policies in force
  • Bullying and harassment policy and procedures
  • Complaints handling
  • Complaints policy and procedures
  • Conflicting interests
  • Financial reserves policy and procedures
  • Internal charity financial controls policy and procedures
  • Internal risk management policy and procedures
  • Investing charity funds policy and procedures
  • Investment
  • Paying staff
  • Risk management
  • Safeguarding policy and procedures
  • Safeguarding vulnerable beneficiaries
  • Serious incident reporting policy and procedures
  • Social media policy and procedures
  • Trustee conflicts of interest policy and procedures
  • Trustee expenses policy and procedures
  • Volunteer management
Filing Record
20 returns made; all on time
Main office

Knightley Walk


The objects of the Company are in relation to persons affected by spinal cord injury or related non-congenital diseases or injuries, the relief of those diseases or injuries and the promotion of the welfare of persons with them in any manner which is now or may hereafter be deemed to be charitable as the Trustees shall from time to time determine and in particular through provision of targeted services that:(a) further rehabilitate and encourage independence of such individuals;(b) promote their reintegration within society;(c) promote education and awareness within society of issues relevant to spinal cord injury or related non-congenital diseases or injuries;(d) support family members regarding their emotional health and welfare needs which arise from the spinal cord disease or injury of their relative.

Defined Area of Benefit:


Data Sources

Charity Commission for England and Wales
360 Giving
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