Every Leg Donation Has A Tale To Tell

SuePownall / Little Legs

Over the years Legs4Africa has received hundreds of prosthetic legs and we are very conscious that behind each donation there is someone’s personal story. It isn’t often that we learn what these stories are but when we do it makes us all the more aware that these legs have been such a significant part of someone’s life.  I learned this … Read More

Gambia Amputee Football Team’s Birthday Celebrations and Reflection

Chris Ingram / Gambia, Project Update

For the Gambia Amputee Football Team, February 2020 was BIRTHDAY TIME!!! Marking a year since their first meetup. Being committed players, the team had an intense training session which included a very physical game of the old boys versus the youngsters; where energy and enthusiasm overcame age and experience.  Following that gruelling match, the post-training celebrations were an opportunity for … Read More

Recycling Australian and Canadian prosthetic legs

Jules Lopez / Australia, Canada, Global Recycling project, Mens Shed / Rotary, Project Update

Prosthetic limbs have become an important part of our society as they enable amputees from around the World to acquire augmented mobility and autonomy. However, in Legs4Africa, we believe that the distribution of such prosthesis around the World remains highly unequal to this day. Indeed, countries of what we refer to as the Global North, are highly equipped with prosthetic … Read More

Warmley Mens Shedder gets a gold badge

Tom Williams / Mens Shed / Rotary

What is the Legs4Africa Gold Badge and why has Kelvin got one? The Legs4Africa Gold Badge cannot be bought, it can only be earned. Reserved for extraordinary advocates, supporters and members of the Legs4Africa family the Gold Badge is always presented to complete LEGends in person.  Since Warmley Mens Shed started working with Legs4Africa they have dismantled a staggering 725 … Read More

Heswall Rotary Club Recycling Prosthetics

Tom Williams / Mens Shed / Rotary

For over 30 years the Rotary Club of Heswall in Merseyside has been involved in collecting prosthetic legs and supporting the work at the OTC (Orthopedic Training Centre) in Ghana where  hundreds of amputees are fitted with a prosthetic leg each year. An hour’s drive north of Accra in the town of Nsawam, the OTC is run by Sister Elizabeth … Read More

Stonehaven on the Mobility Map

Tom Williams / Mens Shed / Rotary

Scotland has a rich and exciting history with prosthetic legs, most notably during the first world war when soldiers with missing limbs were sent back from the front line to be treated at Erskine Hospital in Glasgow. Here prosthetic legs weren’t just fitted, but manufactured onsite from leather, willow and other types of lightweight materials that were available at the … Read More

Gambian Amputees Train in Mental Health Awareness and Peer Counselling

Bethany / Gambia, Project Update

In January ten members of the Gambian Amputee Association kick started the year by participating in a three day mental health awareness and peer counselling course. The course was designed by mental health professional Katie Taylor-Smith in collaboration with Legs4Africa and UK aid specifically for the group, who delivered the content alongside amputee advocate Alieu Tourey – a social work … Read More

Delivering legs in a buggy

Tom Williams / Deliver a Leg

This year Tarnie and Richard from Australia will begin an epic road trip that will see their home built beach buggy travel through the African continent as they make their way from Bristol to Cape Town.  Their objective is to ascertain how to create a different kind of adventure whilst working with various grass roots charities. One where part of … Read More

Celebrating 90 Legs Making it Across the Sahara!

Stefanie / Deliver a Leg, Gambia

9 cars. 90 legs. 3500 miles. And a scrappy group of intrepid travellers with hearts of gold. Every year a team of adventurers forego the traditional Boxing Day turkey sandwiches and sales shopping and set off from Plymouth in a convoy of robust old bangers for the Dakar Challenge. This journey crosses through six countries, crossing the length of the … Read More

Superhero fundraisers of the Year 2019

Evie Dickinson / Event, Fundraising, Gold Badge, Inspiring Stories

Meet Legs’ latest gold badge winners and top fundraisers of 2019 – Owen and Charlie! They both took part in the Superhero Series Triathlon and Winter Wonderwheels events. Between them, they ran 6k, cycled 3k and swam 150 meters – raising enough to get 108 legs over to Africa, meaning 108 people can have the opportunity to walk, work and live life to the full again. … Read More

Update: Prosthetic Technology Female Amputee Bursary

Chris Ingram / Gambia, Project Update

The 31st January marked the deadline for the first stage of our Prosthetic Technology Female Amputee Bursary. This will pay for five female amputees from across the continent to travel to TATCOT in Tanzania and embark on a one year course in lower-limb prosthetics. Thanks to our African partner network consisting of mobility centres, disability advocates and community groups we … Read More

Lamin’s Football Video-Club

Phil Tunstall / Case Study, Gambia

Lamin Jammeh is an entrepreneur and captain of the Gambia amputee football team. Almost every day there is a big football match on TV, be it Premier league, La Liga or Champions League. Which is great for Lamin’s video club business. Every match, he will carry his two TVs down to his video-club in Sukuta, Gambia, walking carefully on his … Read More

Bristol Rotary Club Legs It To Kenya

Stefanie / Deliver a Leg, Kenya, Mens Shed / Rotary

Here at Legs4Africa, it’s not just the snails doing all the leg work; we rely on friendships and partnerships with a range of organisations, one of which is Rotary, with a number of clubs around the UK forming a vital link in the chain of collecting and dismantling legs. And now Bristol Rotary Club have gotten in on the Deliver … Read More

Clevedon Men’s Shed

SuePownall / Mens Shed / Rotary

Clevedon Mens Shed

Clevedonians and African Amputees Men’s Sheds are found all over the world and like the one in Clevedon they provide companionship and purpose to men who want to fill a space in their lives which may have been caused by sickness, retirement or bereavement or those who just want to make new friends. Whatever the reason, and wherever they are, … Read More

Little Legs and more…

SuePownall / Little Legs

 ‘I have two legs now and I will grow to achieve my dream of becoming a driver’.   ……10 year old Brian from Uganda Read more about Brian’s story here Have you ever wondered how many outgrown or redundant prosthetic legs are out there, either in attics or under stairs or most likely on their way to landfill because the previous … Read More

Females are strong as hell

Bethany / Uganda

Women in sub-saharan Africa can have a tough time. Disabled women in sub-saharan Africa can have it even harder and somehow female amputees fall in limbo. They have to fight to be seen as women thanks to misconceptions about disabilities and they have to fight to be visible in both able bodied and disabled communities because often neither community see … Read More

Retired GP turns to dismantling legs

Tom Williams / Gold Badge

When people retire they often choose to do all sorts of weird and wonderful activities that they’ve been looking forward to during their careers; they often involve buying camper vans and exploring their home country that they’ve always been too busy to visit or dedicating their time to worthy causes like Michael has chosen to do. Former GP Michael Nelki … Read More

Delivering Legs to the Aderonke Rehabilitation Network in Abuja

Stefanie / Deliver a Leg, Nigeria

Supporting amputees and fighting disability stigma and misinformation in Nigeria In October 2019, Ruth Larbey, a science communications editor at UWE, set off to Abuja, Nigeria to attend a workshop aimed at improving science and health communication through the media. We were able to connect her with our friends at the Aderonke Rehabilitation Network, so as well as delivering a … Read More

Sharing leg advice between centres in UK and Africa

Bex Yearworth / Leg Work

One of the things I picked up quickly working with Legs4Africa was that this wasn’t just a case of dropping some limbs off where required and speeding away thinking that the job was done. Donating recycled limbs is one part of what Legs4Africa does but what it also does is invest in the limb centres in areas where they are … Read More