Inspired volunteer goes to Uganda

Beth ElgoodInspiring Stories, Leg News

As a young man living in a country where 69% of the population live on less than a dollar a day, the odds are already stacked against you. Access to medical resources is limited at the best of times let alone when you live eight hours from the nearest hospital. When I say eight hours, that’s eight hours according to … Read More

Little legs turn Blessing’s life around

Sue PownallCase Studies, Ghana, Little Legs

This is Blessing.  She was only 5 months old when she was brought to the Orthopaedic Training Centre (OTC) in Ghana.  Born with one arm, only four fingers on her right hand and very short limbs Blessing’s capabilities were severely limited.  However, thanks to the Little Legs Project, she was given two prosthetic legs and is able to look forward … Read More

Use your carbon footprint for human footprints!

Karenza FafooDeliver a Leg, Leg News, Leg Work

Are you travelling to The Gambia or Ghana? If so you can help us. Legs4Africa are launching a new project ‘Deliver a Leg’ with a purpose to utilise travellers to deliver legs to amputees. Together we want to connect people in need, with prosthetic limbs – so that they can walk, work and wander with freedom, re-gain their independence, pursue … Read More

Bex and Adrian from Opcare visits the workshop in The Gambia

Bex YearworthGambia

In April I found myself swapping my usual workplace, a busy NHS prosthetics workshop in Manchester, for the sunnier climate of Gambia and specifically the prosthetic workshop in the Department of Social Welfare based in Banjul.  I (along with another fellow technician) was generously sponsored by my employer Opcare  after winning a nationwide competition to spend two weeks working with … Read More

Two pallets for Ghana

Tom WilliamsGhana

On Monday the 30th of April (2018) Phil and Tom from Legs4Africa prepared and shipped two pallets pallet bound for the OTC in Ghana. The pallets contains: We are collaborating with G-AID to ship the pallets to Ghana and expect them to arrive at the hospital in September.  let the world know

First shipment for Nigeria

Tom WilliamsLeg News, Nigeria

On Wednesday the 2nd of May (2018) Phil and Tom from Legs4Africa prepared and shipped a pallet bound for the Saint Joseph hospital and physiotherapy Rehabilitation Centre in Nnewi, Nigeria. The pallet contains: We expect the pallet to arrive at the hospital in July at which point we’ll have another update. 

First Visit – Orthopedic Training Centre in Ghana

Tom WilliamsGhana

After the complete shambles at Accra’s International Airport trying to get in to Ghana which included complications with my visa, the drama of  a missing yellow fever certificate and finally with my main luggage not actually turning up I felt confident that things could only get better. I walked out of the airport with just my small bag complete with … Read More

Gambia Project Progress Report 13/11/2017

Phil TunstallGambia

The successful conclusion of our initial round of funding applications meant that the project started on schedule in mid September. Since then Legs4Africa has made a shipment of essential supplies to Banjul, provided further education for our Gambian prosthetist and completed the development of our service user tracking software. In late September, Legs4Africa shipped the project’s first consignment of reclaimed … Read More

Make a Christmas Donation: Christmas Appeal – Legs4Africa

Oliver KennettLeg News

This Christmas Legs4Africa, an amputee charity, is inviting you to help amputees in Sub-Saharan Africa live more inclusive and joyful lives. With your Christmas donations our target is to raise £6,000, which can provide approximately 25 customised prosthetic legs along with physical rehabilitation. There are few records of how many amputees live in Sub-Saharan Africa, however, with type 2 diabetes … Read More

Gambia Prosthetist Visits The UK

Oliver KennettGambia, Leg News

Gabu with Legs4Africa’s Physiotherapist advisor Emily Hancock Legs4Africa’s logistics coordinator Phil with Gabu in front of the Clifton suspension bridge In late September Gabriel Jarjue, the prosthetist who fabricates and fits prosthetic legs in The Gambia for Legs4Africa, flew to the UK for the first time. He was here to gain a deeper understanding of how Legs4Africa works from this … Read More

Swimmer to help provide 250 prosthetic legs to amputees

Oliver KennettFundraising, Inspiring Stories

Fund-raising with flare Legs4Africa has some amazing supporters, they come from all sectors of life, but when amputees support the charity, it is something very special. Jonathan, an amputee due to a boating accident, has challenged himself to do a series of long distance swims, having done a 6 kilometre swim earlier this year, most recently completing a 10 kilometre … Read More

Gambian amputee appeal receives generous material donation

Oliver KennettGambia, Leg News

Limbtex, an independent manufacturer and distributor of materials to the Prosthetic and Orthotic Industry, has kindly donated several bottles of resin laminate to the Gambian Amputee Rehabilitation Appeal. The resin, an essential material for creating customised sockets for prosthetic limbs, was requested by Gabriel Jarjue, The Gambia’s soul Prosthetist as it, and similar materials, are very difficult and costly to … Read More

Festival Volunteering for Charity

Oliver KennettThe Volunteer’s voice

Jess Frost has been a valuable Legs4Africa volunteer for the last two years. She has fundraised, provided hands on help with local community projects in the Bristol area and is a key champion of the charity when the team attends music festivals. I was first given the opportunity to volunteer on the charity’s stall at Nozstock festival in summer 2016. … Read More

How prosthetic limbs unlock the world of sport for amputees

Oliver KennettFundraising, Leg News

What makes an athlete? Is it how fast they run? How high they jump?… Or is it that determination that burns within them, forcing them onward, to go further, to run faster, to reach higher? Recently, an American veteran, Kirstie Ennis made a Summit Climb of the Carstensz Pyramid in Indonesia having already climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, all with … Read More

The Volunteer’s Voice – Aoife Twomey

Oliver KennettArt, The Volunteer’s voice

We’d like to introduce you to Aoife Twomey, a filmmaker from Bristol who gave her time to join Legs4Africa on a visit to The Gambia.  I was having a really bad day. But I managed to drag myself to my djembe drumming lesson and in a moment of honesty I told the guy next to me that I was struggling … Read More

Cape Verde Mobility Consignment

Oliver KennettCase Studies

The tale of how one woman included mobility equipment when packing for her new life in Cape Verde Africa provides some of the most spectacular landscapes in the world, from blinding white deserts, to lush Savannah, to deep mysterious forest. Biologically and geographically, it is a fascinating continent however, when it comes to providing aid to some of its least … Read More

Prosthetic Rehabilitation Training and a very important workshop in the Gambia

Emily HancockGambia

Legs4Africa, for the most part, is a charity of logistics, developing links, monitoring stocks of prosthetic legs and meeting the material needs of our partner clinics. Emily Hancock’s role is far more personal. An amputee physiotherapist, Emily joined the Legs4Africa team last year as a technical consultant. She advises on amputee rehabilitation and the clinical aspects of providing a prosthesis. … Read More