The managing director of an Irthlingborough care firm has climbed the highest mountain in England after being inspired by a patient who suffered a spinal injury three years ago.
Jin Garcha, 44, took on Scafell Pike to help raise awareness of people who are paralysed and the work of leading spinal cord injury charity, Back Up.
One of Jin’s clients, Will Clark, suffered a spinal injury when he was 28-years-old and taking part in a charity cycle ride and a stick caught in the front wheel of his bike.
He was thrown over the handlebars of his bike and the resulting impact meant he suffered complete paralysis from the shoulders down.
Jin, originally from Northamptonshire, is the managing director at Premium Care Solutions and has been working with people who have suffered spinal cord injuries for 14 years.
She said: “Scafell Pike was the last mountain climb Will did prior to his injury three years ago, so I saw him as my inspiration.
“Will has been incredibly brave in making adjustments to his life.
“It’s important to raise awareness of the very valuable work that Back Up does in supporting people with spinal cord injuries. It’s a fantastic resource and one that has always been spoken off highly by my clients.”
Will was helped by the charity Back Up after his injury and he now a volunteer and schools advocate who helps others in similar situations to himself.
He said: “I grew up doing outdoor activities, living in the Lake District.
“Being paralysed means that climbing Scafell Pike is no longer a possibility for me.
“When I spoke to Back Up a few weeks after my injury, I was in a bad place and things seemed hopeless.
“They gave me the motivation I needed and instilled me with positivity and hope for the future.”
Jin climbed Scafell Pike on May 31 with Will organising the route. She has already raised about £1,500 but urges people to donate more.
To find out more about Back Up, and to make a donation, visit the charity’s website at www.backuptrust.org.uk.
Claire Barrett, from Back Up, said: “It’s very important for Back Up to have the support of people like Jin and Will.”