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Collecting Crutches for Charity

Legs4Africa crutchesIn mid August, Nuffield Health Wolverhampton Hospital donated over 150 pairs of crutches and walking sticks to the UK based charity Legs4Africa. By recycling unwanted prosthetic legs and mobility equipment, the charity vastly helps the lives of African amputees.

Established over three years ago, in the first two year Legs4Africa reclaimed over 3000 prosthetic legs and shipped them to the Gambia and Zambia. This work enables some people in Africa to return to work and regain their independence. In the coming years, the charity will ship to more African countries and send even more kit. In addition to reducing UK waste, the charity helps to push back the stigma where outdated perceptions of disability, including isolation and exclusion can evoke in some communities.

Nuffield Health Wolverhampton Hospital Physiotherapy Manager Jaspal Mander was delighted to find out about re-using the crutches and sticks in sub-Saharan Africa, saying, ”Every year we have hundreds of crutches and sticks that we are no longer able to re-issue. I contacted Phil Tunstall from the charity Legs4Africa and he came by in a van and collected the redundant equipment and will export it to where it is needed most. I would encourage other hospitals, whether in the private sector or the NHS, to get involved. It’s a great feeling! At the time of the 2016 Paralympics, it is a great opportunity to celebrate success and support those with disabilities”.

The charity’s Phil Tunstall said, “It is a very worthwhile cause. Without crutches, sticks and prosthetic legs, many hundreds of people in Africa have very limited mobility and quality of life. Find out more about what we do at: www.legs4africa.or or like our Facebook page:

It is fantastic to be involved in changing things for the better.”

Last modified on Friday, 02 September 2016 07:42

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