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27/03/20

Staying happy at home

Staying happy at home Legs4Africa’s guide to staying happy at home: activities you can do to keep sane Bouncing off the stairs? Staring at those white walls? Here’s some Leggy things to keep you and your precious brain occupied in isolation Activity 1: Play our addictive new game Snailed It and shout about how many magic beans you’ve collected. Weekly
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27/03/20

Fundraising from home

Stay Indoors 4 Africa #StayIndoors4Africa Fancy doing a spot of fundraising from your sofa? Here’s some ideas to mull over while you enjoy your 47th cup of tea today… We’re all in the same position…on the sofa, that we were a week or two ago. Isn’t quarantine relentless. So, how do ya fancy using up some of that time by
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27/03/20

Isolation Art Gallery

Isolation Art Gallery Introducing, the Legs4Africa Isolation Art Gallery: take a break from staring into the abyss and get creative with us While we’re all stuck indoors why not join our arty collective. Step 1: Paint a picture, write a poem, do a doodle, crochet a sock, record a video in sepia – anything you like really Step 2: Send
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26/03/20

Snailed it

Snailed it: the game to get you through isolation Guide Terry Slow-Gan past stomping legs. Collect as many magic beans as you can and post your score online.Prizes for weekly winners posted to your quarantine hub. EscarGOforit! Play in Full Screen (best when playing on mobile) Play in Full Screen
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25/03/20

Coming together to get knees to the OTC

Here at Legs, we’re all about partnerships, friendships, and the kindness of strangers – just call us Blanche! Our Deliver a Leg project is all about utilising that kindness and generosity of people making trips to the African continent. It’s a joy to link up with another organisation that’s willing to give us a leg up en route to their
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08/03/20

Recycling prosthetic legs in France

With simple ideas comes big potential.  Nav Solidaire, made up of 5 close friends from Normandy, France have seen first hand the huge waste of prosthetic legs in their country and have decided to do something about it. Luckily for them, Bristol is only 326 miles away (mostly over water and a bit of land) and the home of Legs4Africa
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05/03/20

Opcare support is making a huge difference

Legs4Africa has estimated that 1,000 prosthetic legs have been collected and recycled from Opcare since the charity began which is a fantastic achievement for everyone that is involved.  “If unwanted limbs weren’t recycled, they would go to landfill – even though they have plenty of life left in them. So Legs4Africa is helping to reduce the environmental footprint, reusing materials
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03/03/20

Every Leg Donation Has A Tale To Tell

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
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02/03/20

Gambia Amputee Football Team’s Birthday Celebrations and Reflection

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
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28/02/20

Recycling Australian and Canadian prosthetic legs

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
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13/02/20

Warmley Mens Shedder gets a gold badge

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
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13/02/20

Heswall Rotary Club Recycling Prosthetics

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
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13/02/20

Stonehaven on the Mobility Map

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
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07/02/20

Delivering legs in a buggy

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
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06/02/20

Celebrating 90 Legs Making it Across the Sahara!

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
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05/02/20

Superhero fundraisers of the Year 2019

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.
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05/02/20

Update: Prosthetic Technology Female Amputee Bursary

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
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03/02/20

Lamin’s Football Video-Club

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
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31/01/20

Bristol Rotary Club Legs It To Kenya

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
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15/01/20

Clevedon Men’s 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,
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