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26 & 27
March 2019

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Birmingham

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Innovations for the Future of Independent Living

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Legs 4 Africa

Legs4Africa is a unique Bristol based charity that supports some of the most disadvantaged amputees in the world. In short, we pick up prosthetic legs from all over the UK, dismantle them, and ship them to west Africa to get people walking again.

In the UK prosthetic limbs can not be re-used for some bizarre reason. So, we make the most of this loophole and send them over to countries that can re-use them. We give discarded legs a new lease of life and individuals in the developing world the chance to re-gain their independence, confidence and mobility.

We collect legs from NHS hospitals and prosthetics are also delivered to us from individuals across the world who no longer have a need for them. These legs are then taken to local ‘Men’s sheds’ where they are dismantled into parts by kind, retired gentlemen. Once sorted, these parts are taken to our store room in central Bristol and then shipped to Africa. We can usually fit enough parts for around 250 legs in a shipment.

We have now established relationships with 8 mobility centres across west Africa – it is important for us to ensure that these centres have the required expertise and equipment to fix or fit the legs to amputees before we sent components over to them. Overall, we have sent parts for around 4000 prosthetic legs since our inception.

For more information head to www.legs4africa.org or email us at hello@legs4africa.org

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