Irwin Mitchell | Focus on Spinal Injury | Irwin Mitchell buddies for the Back Up Trust

Friday 24 June 2016 was a day of mixed emotions for a group of 16 individuals on the North Lake District and unlike for many in the country, this had nothing to do with a certain referendum result. Instead, it was because Back Up's Lake District Multi-Activity course was drawing to a close Rachel Tucker, a Solicitor at Irwin Mitchell's London office was one of the buddies on the course.

Here is her story...


For our first full day we were to ascend and descend one of the highest peaks in the Lake District – Latrigg. Thankfully the sun shone and we completed the push in record time. Over the next two days the group was split into two.

On Monday, my group spent the day on a lake. We tried our hands at sailing in the morning and then kayaking/canoeing. We had a really useful wheelchair skills session on the following day which gave the group the opportunity to master their back wheel balances and tackle high curbs. In the afternoon we did some rope work which saw a number of individuals tackle their fears of heights with rock climbing and abseiling galore.

On Thursday, the group came back together and everyone had a go on the zip wire. The weather then took a turn for the worse, and the campsite was challenging to say the least. We then set up camp for the night and certainly didn’t let the rain dampen our spirits.

Friday was our last full day and, after we had packed away our tents, we headed back to the Calvert Trust sports hall for one last activity – the rope swing. What a great way to end the week!

The course was a fantastic success and everyone in the group went home proud of the things that they had achieved and the skills they had learnt. It was however brilliant to see how everybody developed over the week and I cannot wait to do another course – city skills in Edinburgh anyone?

For further information about courses that the Back Up Trust run, please visit their website at: www.backuptrust.org.uk