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 Bancroft. The charity is situated in the heart of Bristol’s city centre and received £5,300 in donations from those living in the city. As the awareness of the campaign grew, Legs4Africa became known in Aberdeenshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Yorkshire and London and collectively the counties raised more than £37,000.
During the campaign, the charity also celebrated its latest milestone – recycling its 10,000th prosthetic leg thanks to a young Bristolian boy named Isaac. The word quickly spread about this incredible achievement as it reached news outlets in South Korea, France and The Gambia. More and more countries are now aware that prosthetics can be dismantled, recycled and shipped to a new home. Legs4Africa hopes to work with more mobility centres, volunteers and amputation patients across the globe as the months go on.
Evie Dickinson, Fundraising and Communications Manager at Legs4Africa said:
“The amount of good work we can do with £80,000 is absolutely unbelievable – we are going to change so many lives. Thanks to the Leg Up campaign, we now have the opportunity to give thousands of people with limb differences in The Gambia the chance to get back on their feet and back into work. We will continue to provide prosthetic legs to those in need and also offer access to rehabilitation, training and employment. It really has been a very special few months for us here at Legs HQ and we want to say a huge thank you to everyone that got involved in our campaign. Without your help and generosity, we would not be where we are today.”
The money raised will go towards funding vital services for people in The Gambia. The team will provide support and prosthetic leg parts for the only mobility centre in the country, offer community outreach programmes and deliver counselling sessions through rehabilitation services. The charity will now be able to expand and improve all of the services offered.
If you would like to follow any future campaigns launched by the charity, you can visit www.legs4africa.org – there’s also the option to sign up for monthly donations if you wish. The charity can be followed on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook – @Legs4Africa.
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Notes to editor
Legs4Africa is a registered charity (charity number 1158697) based in Bristol in the UK. The charity was founded in 2013 by Tom Williams after his trip to The Gambia. Tom was introduced to a gentleman who needed a prosthetic leg urgently, and his search began. Once back in the UK, Tom was able to successfully source a leg for Paul. In the process, he discovered that access to affordable prosthetic legs was a problem faced by over a million people with limb differences on the African continent.
Since then, Legs4Africa has sent enough prosthetic leg parts to build or repair over 9,500 limbs – working with hospitals in the UK, the USA, Canada, France and Australia, with further opportunities arising across Europe. The charity collects used prosthetic legs, which under current European Union law, cannot be re-used in the United Kingdom.
The prosthetic legs are then shipped to African countries such as The Gambia, Ghana and Uganda, where they can be modified for, and used by people with limb differences. Alongside this recycling programme, Legs4Africa works closely with in-country partners to improve services, create opportunities and ensure amputees have everything they need in order to live independent lives.