Deliver A Leg
Use your carbon footprint for human footprints
Legs4africa have established a network to collect hundreds of prosthetic legs and components to be used by amputees, but the most expensive part of the process is shipping to Africa, meaning that Legs4africa can’t always deliver in correspondence with demand.
Deliver a Leg is a project created to connect with travellers venturing to The Gambia and Ghana, asking them to offer part of their luggage allowance to transport much needed equipment to amputees in these countries. Deliver a Leg is a resourceful response to act economically and with urgency to help amputees in Africa. Disabled people are in need of prosthetic legs, so they can be active and mobile members of their community and escape the isolation that limb loss can cause.
The Gambia and Ghana are the countries where Legs4Africa has built the strongest relationships so far, so we will target these first with the view of spreading our reach to other countries in the future.
Help us get much needed prosthetic legs to people like Gabu, the only prosthetist in The Gambia.
Legs4Africa will build a package for the traveller to transport, based on the luggage allowance they decide to offer us. The package we send the traveller can comprise of pylons, feet, knees stump socks and stump shrinkers, sometimes the package will include resources for disabled persons support groups, such as books and games. We will send the equipment to the traveller’s address for them to take as part of their luggage allowance, once in Africa we can arrange for someone to collect the parcel from where the traveller is staying or if compelled to see the delivery through to the end, we encourage travellers to venture to the hospital where they can see the impact of carrying a leg to Africa.
If you are interested in being involved please fill out this form, to maximise your trip we recommend contacting the airline to ask if they will grant you extra ‘charity baggage allocation’ – airlines usually provide 10-20kg on top of your standard allowance.
Through experience we have found the most effective way to correspond with airlines is through phoning directly, you will be asked to provide our charity ref number which is 1158697.
Poppy delivered a leg earlier this year…
“Before I travelled to Ghana for a conference, I picked up a box of legs and feet from the very friendly Legs4Africa team in Bristol, who couldn’t have been more helpful. They provided me with a letter explaining the contents of the box, in case I needed it at customs, but nobody blinked an eyelid. All I had to do was inform Legs4Africa where I was staying, and they arranged for someone to collect the box from my hotel – I didn’t even need to be there. I’ll definitely be doing this again, it was so easy and I was glad to put my spare luggage allowance to brilliant use”