Limb loss and limb difference can affect anyone, from any background, or of any age, in a number of ways. Some people are born with limb difference. Many others are forced to face up to amputation at some stage in their lives, through illness or trauma.
It isn’t possible for those us who are not personally affected by limb loss or limb difference to fully appreciate the challenges people with disabilities face every day of their lives, both physically and emotionally. Nor can we understand the depth of loneliness and isolation that many people living with limb loss or limb difference experience.
That’s why Limb Loss and Limb Difference Awareness Month is so important. It helps to shine a light on the superb work being done by organisations such as Limb Loss and Limb Difference UK, Limb Power, Blesma, The Douglas Bader Foundation , Reach, The Amputee Foundation, Dewis Cymru, Steelbones and many others who work tirelessly to help make a positive difference to the lives of people who live with limb loss and limb difference.
All of these organisation dedicate themselves to helping amputees and those born with limb difference to live life to the full, with the help of a proactive peer support community. Social inclusion plays a vital part in enhancing quality of life and, in the case of amputees, can even help to increase life expectancy.
Click on the links above to be taken to the homepage of any of the wonderful charitable organisation mentioned to find out more about the work they do and to find out more about how you can become involved, in raising funds for their cause, or by volunteering to help out with their year-round campaigns.