Children are the future leaders of tomorrow…

Sue PownallCase Studies, Gambia, Interview, Leg News, Sue

…so we need to take care of them. Ebrima Krubally (Isk to his friends) is a really valued member of the Legs4Africa team. Working in the Mobility Centre in Banjul, Gambia, he is a qualified Orthopaedic Technologist and his job is to ensure that the component legs which Legs4Africa send to the Centre are reassembled so they fit each recipient … Read More

Gang take arms to Africa

Phil TunstallDelivery, Gambia, Phil

“Delivering prosthetic arms for Legs4Africa has been the most selfless, rewarding experience we have ever had!” Ana Springall De Pablo While we were planning our trip to The Gambia we came across the Legs4Africa charity webpage. They were asking members of the public to give some of their baggage allowance in order to take prosthetic limbs and equipment to the … Read More

Euan – A Legs4Africa Hero

Sue PownallCase Studies, Gambia, Little Legs, Sue

Having a prosthetic leg is a challenge at any age. For children, one of the challenges is being accepted by one’s peers at an age when making friends and taking up new hobbies and pastimes is so important. We never fail to be full of admiration for the little ones who accept their new leg as part of their life … Read More

Open love letter to our Mobilisers

Evie DickinsonEvie, Fundraising, Gambia, Mobiliser

In 2018, 55 people donated £16,592 between them. That’s an average of £25 per month each. This means, these 55 super special specimens gifted 1,383 people in Africa with the technology they needed to be able to walk again. We call these people The Mobilisers… We don’t know about you, but we thought 2018 was a pretty good year. We … Read More

Bex from Opcare in The Gambia (Part 2)

Bex YearworthGambia, Leg News

  In April I visited The Gambia with a fellow UK based prosthetic technician to provide technical assistance, training and support to the prosthetic rehabilitation team based in Banjul. Our arrival into Banjul Airport was briefly delayed due to them being concerned that one of our bags was completely stuffed with prosthetic arms …a quick explanation of the purpose of … Read More

Bex and Adrian from Opcare visits the workshop in The Gambia (Part 1)

Bex YearworthGambia

In April I found myself swapping my usual workplace, a busy NHS prosthetics workshop in Manchester, for the sunnier climate of Gambia and specifically the prosthetic workshop in the Department of Social Welfare based in Banjul.  I (along with another fellow technician) was generously sponsored by my employer Opcare  after winning a nationwide competition to spend two weeks working with … Read More

Gambia Project Progress Report 13/11/2017

Phil TunstallGambia, Phil

The successful conclusion of our initial round of funding applications meant that the project started on schedule in mid September. Since then Legs4Africa has made a shipment of essential supplies to Banjul, provided further education for our Gambian prosthetist and completed the development of our service user tracking software. In late September, Legs4Africa shipped the project’s first consignment of reclaimed … Read More

Gambia Prosthetist Visits The UK

Oliver KennettGambia, Leg News

Gabu with Legs4Africa’s Physiotherapist advisor Emily Hancock Legs4Africa’s logistics coordinator Phil with Gabu in front of the Clifton suspension bridge In late September Gabriel Jarjue, the prosthetist who fabricates and fits prosthetic legs in The Gambia for Legs4Africa, flew to the UK for the first time. He was here to gain a deeper understanding of how Legs4Africa works from this … Read More

Gambian amputee appeal receives generous material donation

Oliver KennettGambia, Leg News

Limbtex, an independent manufacturer and distributor of materials to the Prosthetic and Orthotic Industry, has kindly donated several bottles of resin laminate to the Gambian Amputee Rehabilitation Appeal. The resin, an essential material for creating customised sockets for prosthetic limbs, was requested by Gabriel Jarjue, The Gambia’s soul Prosthetist as it, and similar materials, are very difficult and costly to … Read More

Prosthetic Rehabilitation Training and a very important workshop in the Gambia

Emily HancockGambia

Legs4Africa, for the most part, is a charity of logistics, developing links, monitoring stocks of prosthetic legs and meeting the material needs of our partner clinics. Emily Hancock’s role is far more personal. An amputee physiotherapist, Emily joined the Legs4Africa team last year as a technical consultant. She advises on amputee rehabilitation and the clinical aspects of providing a prosthesis. … Read More

You can help us ship 200 wheelchairs to The Gambia

Tom WilliamsGambia, Leg News, Tom

Legs4Africa is looking to raise six thousand pounds to furnish The Wheelchair Centre, supplying the whole of The Gambia with wheelchairs, as well as the nearby physiotherapy department with essential tools, replacement parts and equipment. The skilled engineers need updated tools and parts so that they may customise each donated wheelchair for its intended recipient. Legs4Africa have seen, first hand, … Read More

A Woeful Week in a Wheelchair Workshop

Phil TunstallGambia, Leg News, Phil

Phil Tunstall, chief of operations at Legs4Africa and all round good egg, describes his recent experience of working at the wheelchair centre in the Gambia. He takes a look at the highs and the lows of the work that the centre does and the frustrations its technicians are forced to endure due to insufficient resources. Finally, he explains how you … Read More

200 Wheelchairs to support Rehabilitation Unit in The Gambia

Tom WilliamsGambia, Leg News, Tom

Legs4Africa is looking to raise six thousand pounds to furnish The Wheelchair Centre, supplying the whole of The Gambia with wheelchairs, as well as the nearby physiotherapy department with essential tools, replacement parts and equipment. The skilled engineers need updated tools and parts so that they may customise each donated wheelchair for its intended recipient. Over a hundred wheelchair users … Read More

The Gambian Wheelchair Basketball Team

Joseph AttleeGambia, Leg NewsLeave a Comment

About an hour’s drive south of Banjul, in the town of Seracunda, lies the grounds of the Gambian Wheelchair Basketball Team. Here, in a tiny sports centre, athletes from across the nation meet up every week to train. Many of these players fit the training around professional careers as teachers, mechanics or doctors. For others, the community of the court … Read More