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15/09/22

Legs4Africa is looking for fundraising volunteers!

Legs4Africa are looking for a Grants and Trusts Volunteer – you’d be supporting the Fundraising Manager, Matt Thomson, and the Fundraising Coordinator, Margherita Pisoni, with grant applications and research, helping to generate funding for vital projects and, in turn, helping to get people walking again across Sub-Saharan Africa. “Working alongside such a lovely and supportive team while being able to
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29/08/22

Last Chance to Join the Legs4Africa August Collection Drive

Help us rescue as many serviceable prosthetic components as possible this month We’re nearing the end of our August collection drive, and this is our last call out to our amazing supporters to join us. You can still be part of the largest global collection of prosthetic legs and components. Don’t delay, let’s create real change for people navigating limb
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25/08/22

We’re looking for a new Trustee Treasurer

Deadline: 25th of September 2022 Legs4Africa is a dynamic charity, delivering legs and renewed independence to thousands of people in Sub-Saharan Africa. Legs4Africa is based in Bristol UK, and is seeking a Treasurer to serve on its Board of Trustees. The Board is currently composed of five people, meeting monthly via zoom, and occasionally in person. We are growing: our
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02/08/22

It’s Here! The Legs4Africa August Collection Sprint is Underway

Clear out your storeroom, box up unwanted components, and let’s get sprinting The Legs4Africa August Collection Sprint is now in full swing, and we’re again calling on all our amazing supporters to help us reach our goal of 100 donations. We’re off to a great start with some amazing clinic partners already on board and collecting components for our biggest
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02/08/22

2022 April to June Quarterly Update

Rehabilitation Centre Gambia Ongoing Service: Ramadan in April saw a slowdown of service, but over the last quarter the centre has engaged 44 patients, with 52% being for repairs and the other 48% for the supply of new prosthesis. Course Completion: Prosthetist Ebrima Krubally completed his short course in lower-limb prosthesis at the start of April at TATCOT, Tanzania. This
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19/07/22

Charity founder honoured with British Citizen Award to highlight the dedication to charitable causes

Tom Williams, the founder of Bristol-based disability charity Legs4Africa, has been honoured with a British Citizen Award medal as recognition for his ongoing commitment and dedication to his work. Legs4Africa aims to provide amputees across sub-Saharan Africa with prosthetic limbs, which are often saved from landfill in countries such as the UK, USA, Canada and Australia.  On Thursday, 7th July,
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01/07/22

Are you ready for the Legs4Africa August Collection Sprint?

Get involved by emptying those donation bins and dismantling legs  We’re just a few weeks away from our biggest Collection Sprint of the year! During August, we’re asking our amazing network of clinics, hospitals, and prosthetists to help us collect as many used prosthetic components as possible.  Over the years, more than 300 clinics have assisted us in our mission
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27/06/22

Legs4Africa is not so small as you may think

Legs4Africa may be thought of as a ‘small’ charity but in reality we are much bigger than it would seem from the tight team that run things from Bristol. We’re so lucky to have come into contact with some wonderful people who share our vision of helping as many people with limb difference in sub-Saharan Africa to get back on
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27/06/22

Disability charity ships 300 legs from Australia to Uganda

UK disability charity, Legs4Africa, has helped coordinate the delivery of 300 legs from Australia to Uganda.  The pallet of enough components to build an astonishing 300 legs was arranged by Callum Goodes, Recycling Ambassador at Legs4Africa. Callum has spent the last four years collecting, dismantling and storing the prosthetics at his parent’s house in Melbourne.  Then, in May 2022, the
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19/06/22

The 2022 Impact Report has landed

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07/06/22

We’re looking for a Fundraising Assistant

Fundraising Assistant  2 days per week (Monday to Thursday, flexible), 7 hr/day, £9.90/hr Bristol and/or Remote June 15th – September 15th 2022 (flexible) Reports To The Fundraising Assistant will report to the Fundraising Manager. Job Overview The Fundraising Assistant will work closely with the Fundraising Manager to keep up with recurring tasks, complete set projects in coordination with stakeholders, and
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07/06/22

Join the Legs4Africa August Collection Sprint

Help us spread the word by putting up posters and informing colleagues and patients This August, we are hosting the largest global collection of prosthetic legs and components, and we need your help to make it a success. Since Legs4Africa was founded, we’ve gratefully received valuable resource donations from over 300 clinics worldwide. These donations have been life-changing for people
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23/05/22

Münch und Hahn and Legs4Africa Give People With Limb Difference in Africa the Ultimate Leg Up

Münch und Hahn GmbH & Co. KG is a third-generation family business based in Duisburg, Germany. For over 70 years they have been producing orthopedic aids and prosthetics of the highest quality and, like most innovators of prosthetics, they reused suitable parts in their design and testing. However, since a new European law was introduced in 2021, all components used
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19/05/22

2022 January to March Quarterly Update

Below is a short summary describing how each of our projects have been performing between January and March 2022. African Partners A long awaited arrival this quarter has been the oven purchased for the Ganta Centre, Liberia, as well as the router and suction machine we sent on a pallet following a donation from Edinburgh. We have now received positive
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06/04/22

We’re looking for a new Chair of Trustees

CHAIR OF TRUSTEES ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES  Role title – Chair of Trustees  Direct reports – Board of Trustees Role Summary: Provides leadership and direction to the board of trustees that enable the board to fulfil their responsibilities for the overall governance and strategic direction of the organisation. Ensure that the organisation pursues its objects as defined in its governing document,
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25/03/22

Keith’s leg touches hearts

We rescue legs from all corners of the world to maximise the number of people with limb differences walking again in sub-Saharan Africa. The stories we tell are mostly of those people directly impacted by our work on the continent but there are still so many incredible stories not being told from the different aspects of our work. It warms
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Featured image for “Legs4Africa collects more than 600 discarded prosthetic legs after 950-mile road trip across the UK”
17/03/22

Legs4Africa collects more than 600 discarded prosthetic legs after 950-mile road trip across the UK

A Bristol-based charity has recently embarked on an exciting 950-mile road trip from North East Scotland to South West England to collect unused prosthetic legs for recycling and shipping to sub-Saharan Africa.  In the UK, approximately 5,000 prosthetic legs end up in landfills every year and thanks to Legs4Africa’s work, the charity is helping to drastically reduce this number. Meanwhile,
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03/03/22

Bristol-based charity launches Leg Up campaign to raise vital funds for future projects

PR062Immediate releaseAugust 2021 Legs4Africa, a Bristol-based charity has launched its very own fundraising campaign to raise awareness and £100,000 to support those with limb differences in sub-Saharan Africa. On Tuesday 24 August, the first official day of the Tokyo Paralympic Games, Legs4Africa will be launching their biggest ever fundraising campaign, Leg Up. With support from current and ex-Paralympians like Julie
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03/03/22

Legs4Africa raises more than £80,000 through Leg Up campaign

PR135Immediate releaseJanuary 2022 Legs4Africa raises more than £80,000 through Leg Up campaign Bristol-based charity Legs4Africa has raised more than £80,000 thanks to donations pouring in from around the UK. The Leg Up campaign was launched in August 2021 to coincide with the Paralympic Games in Tokyo and received support from current and ex-Paralympians like Julie Rogers, Joe Bestwick and Rosie
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03/03/22

Warmley Men’s Shed receive The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Press releaseSeptember 2021 Warmley Men’s Shed receive The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Since 2017, Warmley Men’s Shed in South Gloucestershire has been working alongside UK registered charity Legs4Africa to put unwanted prosthetic legs to good use. In the UK, approximately 5,000 prosthetic legs end up in landfills every year. Meanwhile, in Africa, 1.7 million amputees are in need of
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03/03/22

Recycling local legs in Wolverhampton to support those with limb differences in sub-Saharan Africa

Press releaseOctober 2021 Since 2015 The Maltings Rehabilitation Centre, part of The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, has been working alongside UK registered charity Legs4Africa to put unwanted prosthetic legs to good use.  In the UK, approximately 5,000 prosthetic legs end up in landfills every year. Meanwhile, in Africa, 1.7 million amputees are in need of a limb to help them
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03/03/22

Recycling local legs in Bournemouth to support those with limb differences in sub-Saharan Africa

Press releaseOctober 2021 Recycling local legs in Bournemouth to support those with limb differences in sub-Saharan Africa Since 2015, the Dorset Prosthetic Centre, which is now part of University Hospitals Dorset, has been working alongside UK registered charity Legs4Africa to put unwanted prosthetic legs to good use.  In the UK, approximately 5,000 prosthetic legs end up in landfills every year.
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03/03/22

Recycling local legs in Newcastle upon Tyne to support those with limb differences in sub-Saharan Africa 

Press Release October 2021 Recycling local legs in Newcastle upon Tyne to support those with limb differences in sub-Saharan Africa  Since 2017, the Disablement Service Centre in Newcastle upon Tyne has been working alongside UK registered charity Legs4Africa to put unwanted prosthetic legs to good use.  In the UK, approximately 5,000 prosthetic legs end up in landfills every year. Meanwhile,
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Featured image for “Recycling local legs in Plymouth to support those with limb differences in sub-Saharan Africa”
03/03/22

Recycling local legs in Plymouth to support those with limb differences in sub-Saharan Africa

Press releaseOctober 2021 Recycling local legs in Plymouth to support those with limb differences in sub-Saharan Africa Since 2016 The Thornberry Centre in Plymouth has been working alongside UK registered charity Legs4Africa to put unwanted prosthetic legs to good use. In the UK, approximately 5,000 prosthetic legs end up in landfills every year. Meanwhile, in Africa, 1.7 million amputees are
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Featured image for “Legs4Africa launches fundraising appeal to provide mental health services for those in sub-Saharan Africa”
03/03/22

Legs4Africa launches fundraising appeal to provide mental health services for those in sub-Saharan Africa

Press releaseOctober 2021 Legs4Africa launches fundraising appeal to provide mental health services for those in sub-Saharan Africa Bristol-based charity Legs4Africa raises awareness for World Mental Health Day through a worldwide fundraising campaign, Leg Up. This campaign, which launched last month, shines a light on the challenges faced by people with limb loss here in the UK whilst ensuring people with
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Featured image for “Opcare and Legs4Africa team up to support those with limb differences in sub-Saharan Africa”
03/03/22

Opcare and Legs4Africa team up to support those with limb differences in sub-Saharan Africa

Press releaseOctober 2021 Opcare and Legs4Africa team up to support those with limb differences in sub-Saharan Africa Since 2015 the Opcare team based in Abingdon have been working alongside UK registered charity Legs4Africa to put unwanted prosthetic legs to good use. In the UK, approximately 5,000 prosthetic legs end up in landfills every year. Meanwhile, in Africa, 1.7 million amputees
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10/02/22

Quarterly Report – 2021 Q4

This quarter, with the help of all our amazing donors, supporters and volunteers, we made exciting strides as we continue to grow and expand our scope as an organisation. We significantly increased the prosthetists and hospitals in Europe and North America that know about our recycling service. We have developed our partnering and review processes for community-based organisations and ASNU
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07/01/22

We’re Hiring: Fundraising Manager

We’re Hiring: Fundraising Manager Job Overview Hours: 37 hours per week Salary: £25,000 – £29,000 dependent on experience Benefits and company culture:  Value-driven international development organisation. Pension plan in which the organisation pays 5% on top of your earnings. Generous internal and external training and support. 22 days holiday plus public holidays. Time commitments/flexibility:  9-5 standard hours*  (*We are a
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24/11/21

The Gambian Amputee Football Team are off the the Cup of Nations!

For the first time in history, the Gambian Amputee Football Team (GAFT) are competing in an international tournament and we couldn’t be prouder. The Cup of African Nations in Amputee Football (CANAF) is a biennial competition for African amputee footballers, aimed at expanding the visibility and rights of people with disabilities. The tournament is also used as a World Cup qualifier, meaning
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09/11/21

A maiden voyage with legs

Eighteen months from when a group of passionate individuals approached Legs4Africa, explaining that they’d like to set up something similar to Legs4Africa in France. Here we are today, with hundreds more legs and two sailing boats that have set sail en route from Normandy to where our story began.  The group of mates, better known as ‘Nav Solidaire’ became enormously
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08/11/21

Legs4Africa’s Bursaries Project: One Year On!

Can you believe it’s been a year since our first ever recipients of a Legs4Africa scholarship flew out to Tanzania to start their prosthetics adventure? We hope you’ve been following their journey as eagerly as we have. Here’s what’s happening at Training HQ at Team Legs, one year in! As a reminder, this project, in partnership with the Tanzania Training
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03/11/21

World Diabetes Day 2021: how Legs4Africa is supporting people with diabetes in The Gambia

Sunday November 14th is World Diabetes Day. At least 54% of people we work with in The Gambia were amputated due to diabetes; it is by far the main cause of amputation amongst women in the country. Here we talk about how we support these people, with the help of Muhammed Jawla… “I am Muhammed Jawla – an amputee from
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29/10/21

Davpack walk 125 miles for Legs4Africa

Our passionate packaging pals at Davpack have decided to take on a mighty challenge in November. Between them they will walk the distance between their office in Derby, and our HQ in Bristol – that’s a whopping 125 miles. In the month of November 2021, staff at Davpack Packaging Supplies will walk the distance between their UK office in Derby
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21/10/21

Meet our newest friend – Paralympic Gold Medallist Susie Rodgers MBE

Susie Rodgers has competed in two Paralympic Games at London 2012 and Rio 2016 – winning five bronze medals and one gold. She also advises and speaks globally on disability, empowerment and inclusion and was awarded an MBE for services to sport. A pretty perfect match for our little charity eh? Here she is to tell you more about herself
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17/10/21

Daniel Does a Good Brisk Walk!

Occasionally our leg donors ask if we can tell them something about the person their prosthetic leg has gone to. Unfortunately, this isn’t possible for all sorts of reasons – not least because it’s impossible to keep track of one particular leg amongst the hundreds we send to different hospitals and mobility clinics in Africa. But every now and then
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30/09/21

Improving mental health for amputees in The Gambia

This World Mental Health Day the theme is ‘Mental Health in an Unequal World’. In The Gambia around 120,000 people suffer from mental illness, and only 10% of those get treatment. The layers of discrimination faced by people with limb differences mean for them, that percentage is even lower. At Legs4Africa, we are committed to changing these statistics. We are
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15/09/21

Legs4Africa in The Gambia: eMite Celebration Video

eMite are a funder who gave us £10,000 for our project work this year. While on their field trip to The Gambia, they filmed an amazing video celebrating the work they help us to continue out there!
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09/09/21

Superhumans

Wanna know a bit more about the incredible athletes featured in our launch video? Of course you do… So, these guys are our athlete pals from the UK, and from Ghana. UK side, we have Julie, Rosie, and Joe. Three brilliant, kind para-athletes that we’ve been friends with for a while now. Julie Rogers (Team GB Sprinter) has been an
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31/08/21

Leg Up featured on BBC Points West!

On Sunday August 29th 2021, we had a feature on BBC Points West! The BBC team visited our workshop to talk to Evie and Stefanie about the work of L4A and our new fundraising campaign ‘Leg Up‘. They also spoke to Muhammed Samasa, Administration Assistant in The Gambia.
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23/08/21

Our Tokyo 2020 friends

Find out which of our friends are competing at The Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, and when you can watch them do their thing on the global stage… Joe Bestwick Sport: Wheelchair BasketballRepresenting: Germany When are Joe’s games? (UK Time) Thursday 26th August, 1am vs USA Friday 27th August, 6.45am vs Great Britain Saturday 28th August, 3.15am vs Australia Sunday 29th August,
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20/08/21

It’s raining Legs!

We are super delighted to announce that we have officially collected a whopping 10,000 prosthetic legs! This is a huge number and means thousands of precious limbs have been saved from a life in landfill.This incredible achievement would not have been possible without our amazing individual donors, mobility clinic crews and our team of leg coordinators based in France, Australia,
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13/08/21

Karma on The Road – the reCYCLE trip

Introducing Karma on The Road’s latest venture – TWO WHEELS ONE LEG On September 1st 2021, Luca and Giulia AKA Karma on The Road, will head off on their latest adventure – a cycling trip around Italy. “A BIKE TRIP THROUGH ALL OF ITALY … WITH ONE LESS LEG AND MORE ATTENTION: RECYCLING! WE WILL COLLECT USED PROSTHESES FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY TO GET
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30/07/21

How Christopher’s Leg may Help a Biker in Africa

Many young Africans enjoy motorbikes and here in the UK, Christopher was no different.  He loved riding his motorbike until in 1972 when he was just 19, a drunk driver knocked him off his bike and as a result his leg had to be amputated. There the similarities between an African and a western biker end. With a prosthetic leg
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11/06/21

The African Charter of Human and People’s Rights (1981) and its relevance to Legs4Africa projects on the continent.

The aim of this article is to explore the connection between the laws and principles of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the projects that Legs 4 Africa is carrying out on the African continent. Through exploring concepts such as the Ubuntu ethical rule and the principle of solidarity and community that underlies the African concept of
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10/06/21

Supplying African mobility centres with PPE supplies

Vaccine inequity and fears of a new surge of the virus mean that the continued importance of protective measures and supplies cannot be taken for granted.
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25/05/21

Training in Ghana

Since the last update Morrow has been able to return to Ghana for the final year of his studies, COVID has meant that whilst the travel required additional checks it was not too much of challenge for him to get back. He’s now in the final weeks of the first term and is currently sitting his exams, which include written
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25/05/21

We made it! Leg Recycling goes GLOBAL…

We’ve had an exciting first quarter recycling legs. The mentoring relationship with Nav Solidaire in France is worth its weight in gold as they already have 27 centres on board, and a good number of these have already shipped components to their unit in Brittany. We’ve also seen the launch of the new landing page on our site tailored for
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25/05/21

TATCOT Bursaries

Molline, Ophia, Winnie and Judith are continuing to thrive at TATCOT, having recently completed their end of module exams. Last term they studied a range of modules including pathology, biomechanics, anatomy and physiology of the ankle, and workshop management, as well as a practical module in syme prosthesis which culminated in a final examination in which they successfully fitted a
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25/05/21

Shipments have been flying out!

We are in an exciting period of transition with our logistics processes, and we have collaborated to explore better ways of shipping components and design new processes for tracking deliveries and monitoring stock levels of our partner centres. In the future we’re aiming to switch from cardboard boxes to barrels which will allow us to send more parts at a
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25/05/21

An update on African Partners

The last three months have seen us conduct a baseline assessment of 9 of our 10 mobility centre partners, which has consisted of online surveys and face to face meetings over zoom. It has been a really positive experience talking with prosthetists, hearing their stories, their passion for mobility and also sharing in their concerns and offering support during these
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