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Our Limbcare team all finished the Wokingham Bikeathon on Sunday 25th June 2017. This was a fantastic achievement, especially for the team on the Surrey Bike - Jack White (broken arm), Len Amos (limb paralysis on one side), Gary Sewell (below knee amputee) and Ray Edwards MBE (quad amputee). A big THANK YOU to everyone who supported us. A wonderful day.

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Farnborough England – 8th June 2017 – National charity Limbcare, which supports amputees across the UK, is celebrating seven years of helping amputees, the limb impaired and their families to cope with their life changing circumstances. During its lifetime, Limbcare has raised over £400,000 and dealt with enquiries as far afield as America, Africa and Australia. It has helped well over 1,000 people deal with their changing circumstances. Limbcare provides support with everything from personal issues to how to access benefits, home adaptation advice, mobility advice and gives emotional support to those going through this life changing experience. But despite everything that has been achieved, there is still so much more to do.

Ray Edwards MBE, Founder of Limbcare and the longest surviving quad amputee in the UK, commented: “During the past seven years we have achieved a huge amount in helping raise the profile of this part of our community within the UK; but there is still so much more to do. We run a Limb Loss Support Group at a few rehabilitation centres around the country, but it is my aim to role this out nationwide so that everyone who experiences limb loss can have the practical and emotional support that they require right from the outset. Diabetes and meningitis are playing an ever increasing role in our society, with growing numbers of people in the UK being affected by limb loss and this trend is set to continue. We are also seeing more and more requests from other parts of the world for mobility aid re-cycling to be increased, so that we can help as many people as possible have access to otherwise un-used good quality limb aids, if not at home, then abroad. I am so proud of what we have achieved so far, but we must also look forward and continue to be determined to support this growing section of our society.”

Limbcare is a fast growing charity and is constantly looking for volunteers up and down the country to help with PR, fundraising, travel and administrative support. If you think you can help please visit - http://www.limbcare.org/volunteer.html to find out more and get in touch.

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My name is Chris Bantin and I'm a volunteer supporter for Limbcare. I am a qualified Fitness Instructor & Personal Trainer. During our monthly team meetings, it has come to my attention that a lot of enquires have been coming into the office, requesting fitness sessions for amputees and the limb-impaired. I am now pleased to announce that I am heading up Limbcare Fitness.

Our session will start on Monday 5th June 2017 and every Monday thereafter. They will be held in the main hall, the address of which is: 1 Stilwell Close, Yateley, Hants, GU46 6XH. The session will be from 6.30 - 7.30 pm, cost £5 per person. Please feel free to bring people with you. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Chris Bantin - 07712 777499

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She visited our Offices in Farnborough and met with some of our Trustees and a few of our volunteers officers.

We discussed ways to work together which is a great step forward.

" It was a great opportunity to hopefully forge a closer communication with LA and I truly believe charities should work together to create a better quality of life for all" our Chairman Ray Edwards MBE stated.

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When I made that call a few months ago requesting assistance in locating a new bed that would help me, I was so pleased Limbcare Recycling had one of these in stock.

Thanks for the bed, which was delivered and fitted by Tony.

It has made my life so much easier - I'm not scared of getting in and out of bed anymore, being a bilateral amputee. Life is so much better, thanks to Limbcare and their continued support.

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George is 82 years old and living full-time in a nursing home in Ireland. He has had a very, very hard time for the last 16 years. He was devoted to his wife, who passed away in 2001.

On Good Friday 2002 George went to buy Easter eggs for the grandchildren when he had a massive stroke. He lost the power of speech and how to swallow, but he is very strong and determined. When he left the hospital that August, he had some speech back and was inventing ways to cope. He was able to get around using a scooter and relocated, firstly into a retirement village, and then into the main nursing home building. His daughter bought him a wheelchair, as the scooter was not suitable for indoor use.

In June 2016 George fell heavily - he broke his arm very severely, suffering extensive pain and bruising. He then endured terrible cellulitis around his lower leg due to inactivity. His wheelchair stopped working; various suitable replacements were recommended - however there was no funding available. George was now pushing himself in a regular chair with one arm, with his leg tied on by a bandage - it was disgraceful.

"That is when George’s daughter contacted Ian at Limbcare. Limbcare had one of the suggested wheelchairs available and were able to offer it to George at a fraction of the retail price. Ian and Len arranged for the wheelchair to be delivered to George’s daughter in Ireland, who then brought it to the nursing home by wheelchair taxi. George couldn’t believe it - it was like a child getting a bike from Santa. He wheeled up and down the corridor; went upstairs to show his mates doing wheelies! It was an early Christmas gift and he was over the moon!

George has been transformed by the help provided by Limbcare. It is impossible to imagine how weak he would be today - physically, mentally and spiritually - if he was still trying to push himself around. He is a new man, with new-found freedom."

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The Limbcare team were very proud to support Frimley Park Hospital User Group on Tuesday 14th March, bringing amputees, their families, friends and carers together. It was wonderful meeting other amputees and sharing their stories and issues - this is a monthly meeting and hopefully more will attend. Well done Tracey Craig for organising this and the refreshments.

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Following recent press and TV coverage, we are very fortunate to have a container based in Yateley and two garages in Sandhurst and Blackwater to assist in our recycling service. Thank you to Michael Gray, Tony Watson and Suzanne Wells for their kind donation.

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With TV coverage and the local press our charity has had an offer from Wilky group who own Westmead House in Farnborough and they have kindly donated an office suite which is a fabulous gift, as our charity would have been made homeless on March 24th. We move into our new offices on Tuesday 21st March - Limbcare, Suite 3C, Westmead House, Westmead, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 7LP. Our number is still 0800 052 1174.

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Well, all problems come in threes but now we can say that, again with the help of the local press, Eden Motor Group in Camberley have kindly donated a Vauxhall Vivaro van for our charity to continue the great work we do in collecting unwanted mobility aids and assisting amputees and limb impaired in the UK. We hope to get delivery of this van within a couple of weeks. Thank you to Mark Clifton, General Manager, Eden Motor Group.

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Would you like to save money on your house hold bills and raise money for Limbcare. Utility Warehouse is supporting our charity.

If you call them on 0800 131 300 and state appeal number L73572

or visit their website www.utilitywarehouse.co.uk

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Joanne Adams and Ray Edwards had a wonderful evening at the Gang Show last night, held at the Wilde Theatre Bracknell. Great entertainment and we were both looked after so well by the organising team.

Ray and Jo were invited up onto the stage to receive a cheque for the magnificent total of £700. Ray said a few words of thanks and spoke about the good work Limbcare does.

Thank you very much for all your kind donations.

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Ray knows the frustration caused by not being able to feed yourself. We then worked with an engineer to come up with a prototype.

This was the first time he was able to feed himself. What a very emotional day for him, Ray and the rehab team.