We are a UK based charity who exports redundant prosthetic legs and other mobility equipment to sub-Saharan Africa. We have a two-fold principle of reducing waste and maximising lives through intelligent recycling schemes. In just two years Legs4Africa has reclaimed over 3,000 prosthetic legs which would otherwise have been destroyed, and shipped them out to The Gambia and Zambia. In another two years we aim to be shipping twice as many legs per year to four times as many more countries.
Our work not only reduces UK waste, increases the amount of mobility equipment in some of the most under resourced countries in the world, but it also helps push back the stigma which perceived disability can evoke in uninspired communities. We believe that isolation and exclusion due to disability is unacceptable. We will continue to work to quash such outdated beliefs.
“A prosthetic leg has a tremendous ability to change a life. It gives an amputee a chance to stand up, walk again and get back into work.” – Tom Williams (Legs4Africa Founder)
The more legs we get the more lives we change!
Registered Charity Number 1158697
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. We will take wheelchairs, crutches, walkers, zimmer frames and orthotics devices such as knee and ankle braces. We do not take orthotic shoes.
We are in contact with several other charities and clinics who will distribute other mobility equipment in Africa on our behalf such as large quantities of wheelchairs
Your contribution is greatly appreciated. Due to demands of shipping and distributing in the most economical way we can’t accept equipment or monetary donations for specific countries.
Simply send an email to Hello@Legs4Africa.org with the subject line “PR enquiry” and we’d be more than happy to talk with you.
Though we get the prosthetic legs and other equipment for free, there are many other costs involved with keeping the charity alive and healthy. See our recent Financial Report to see where your money goes.
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Alternatively you could receive our quarterly magazine by post. Just sign up to project mobilise here, and give a minimum of £4 per month donation. Make sure you tick the ‘receive the magazine by post’ box and fill out your address.
You can make a one-off donation here, just make sure you uncheck the ‘give monthly’ option.
Alternatively you can post a cheque made payable to Legs4Africa. To:
Mill Hill Road
We have set the stage by shipping out over 3000 redundant prosthetic legs to a handful of African countries. Now we are going further with Mobilise, the scheme to ensure sustainable support from donors so we can cover more countries, collect more legs and change more lives. We want to mobilise a continent by combining our proven method of collection and distribution and expand its reach with a reliable revenue stream. For a donation of £4 a month, supporters will ensure that 2 legs are shipped and fitted every year, and they will ensure that Legs4Africa will go on to help even more people in even more countries.
Yes, We have partnered with a number of hospitals and manufacturers in the UK which we collect from every few months. They keep hold of any prosthetic legs and components that can no longer be used in the UK.
People also send us limbs through the post. Quite often people will contact us regarding limbs that they have outgrown, routinely upgraded or ones from loved ones that have passed away. If you have a prosthetic, you can donate it here.
We send the prosthetics to partnering mobility units in Africa. These units must be first checked that they will meet our requirements, including; they have the tools and skills to adapt prosthetics, no component parts will be sold for profit, they have safe storage facilities, measures will be taken to find and fit limbs to amputees in the poorest regions, they have measures in place for aftercare.
The components that make up a prosthetic leg fall into a ‘single-use’ category by the NHS so cannot be reused in the UK. This is the NHS Single Use Policy Document.
Someone receiving a new leg within the UK would often prefer that it is made out of new modern parts, rather than second hand ones. Whereas there is little or no access to any prosthetics in some African countries, so reuse of parts is not disconcerting.
The prosthetics are sterilised before they are sent. An African mobility centre will mould a new socket to fit the amputee, which is then attached to the prosthetic leg. Prosthetic Legs are often disassembled to their bare component parts which are then reassembled to match the specific requirements of the amputee. Checks are made to ensure the mobility centre has the sufficient tools and experience to re-purpose prosthetics because ill-fitting legs can cause significant pain, irritability of the stump and an uneven posture.
After receiving a leg an amputee should be introduced to exercises and self-massage techniques that allow them to build muscle and be steadily introduced to walking in their prosthetic.
Good aftercare seems to be lacking in most of the hospitals we have visited. And this is something we are going to focus on as the charity grows.
We currently send prosthetics to Gambia, Senegal and Zambia
We have established connections in Ghana, Nigeria and Guinea Bissau. Final checks need to be made of the mobility units, and then we can begin shipping prosthetics to change lives.
We aim to send two shipments in 2016, and then three in 2017. Each shipment will be of over 750 prosthetics.
The running, coordination and evolution of the charity requires a level of time commitment that volunteers are unable to offer
Legs4Africa is an extremely cost effective charity. We have managed to do everything on a shoestring so far using volunteer web developers, drivers, artists and writers. We have been donated the van, have free office space, printed costs are covered and we work with African partners and other charities to minimise shipping costs. We will endeavour to do good work without wasting your money.
We are constantly searching around for innovative methods and new technologies that can cut the costs of providing prosthetic legs to people.
Gift Aid is a simple way to increase the value of your support to Legs4Africa at no extra cost to you. If you pay tax in the UK, Legs4Africa can reclaim the basic rate tax (25%) on your donation. So, if you donate £100, it is worth £125 to Legs4Africa.
In order for Legs4Africa to reclaim the tax you have paid on your donations, you must have paid income or capital gains tax (in the UK) for each tax year (6 April to 5 April) at least equal to the tax that all the charities that you donate to will reclaim on your gifts for that tax year. Other taxes such as VAT and Council Tax do not qualify
The process is simple – all you have to do is make a Gift Aid declaration. If you are donating online, just tick the Gift Aid box on the donation form.