May 28, 2019

Beth gets a taste of Hollywood

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In Beth’s words…

In the simplest of terms Legs4Africa recycle prosthetic legs from UK based hospitals and send the components to partnering clinics in various African countries. However, to give back a persons ability to walk, run, play or ride a bike in parts of the world where disabled people often lack due visibility means the disparity between abled and disabled is significantly reduced. What we see is the recipients of prosthetic legs have a regained sense of purpose and autonomy, meaning that by continuing to be capable, active members of the community they are advocating on the behalf of amputees and challenging societal perceptions. In the long run, not only will Legs4Africa have supported the development of prosthetic technologies through the provisions being shipped from the UK but amputees will have their voices heard, access education, recreational activities, actively participate in family life and be fulfilled and independent.

Despite its relatively small size, the model is efficient and economical with great plans for the future.  It has aspirations to fulfill the need for prosthetics in more countries and to do so with creative and seemingly never ending ideas and projects.

What is the Legs4Africa Gold Badge?

The Legs4Africa Gold Badge cannot be bought, it can only be earned. Reserved for extraordinary advocates, supporters and members of the Legs4Africa family this badge is always given in person, and is exclusively received by complete LEGends. With only a limited amount made in the entire world, you gotta do something pretty special to be awarded one of these.

How do you feel now that you’ve got a Gold Badge?

I mean, it’s just so snazzy! And Shiney! I don’t really know what to say. It’s so touching to have that kind of recognition but I really do love being involved. I feel totally great! It’s so nice to look at.

What does it mean to be involved with Legs4Africa?

The first time I went to The Gambia in 2016 was life changing, I am not the same person I was before I went but had I not have continued my link with The Gambia through volunteering for L4A I could easily have forgotten how transformative that experience was. I think it keeps me grounded. Hearing stories from the amputees is always tough but then I am reminded of the inspirational resilience of people and how and why the charity began, it provides perspective. Volunteering for Legs4Africa also helps me to stay connected to the world outside of my immediate life and the various jobs I do/have done continue to challenge me, helping me to learn and grow. When life gets busy I often consider stepping down but the truth of it is that I can’t imagine myself without Legs4Africa now regardless of what else I have going on.