Molly's weekend away with Amputation Foundation
Between 10th – 13th March, our colleague, Molly Taylor, travelled to the Bendrigg Trust in the Lake District to take part in the first of this years’ Amputation Foundation adventure weekend. The weekend is an amazing opportunity for amputees of all ages to take part in exciting activities to push them out of their comfort zones. The activities included canoeing, archery, zip-lining, crate stacking, caving, and rock climbing. As well as this, each night was filled with games, sing-alongs, or roasting marshmallows over an open fire in the on-site Yurt!
Molly met some amazing and inspirational people including a teacher, C, who had an above knee amputation during COVID following a long battle with bone cancer, T who had a below knee amputation, but due to Complex Regional Pain Syndrome was unable to wear a prosthetic (and was by far the best at rock climbing!) and S who had a below knee amputation in his early 20’s following a road traffic accident, who now dedicated his time to helping Charities.
Amputation Foundation are a charity set up by two men from very different backgrounds; one who lost 3 limbs whilst serving in Afghanistan and the other who lost his lower limbs as a result of a major road traffic accident. The charity was created to provide vital support for amputees such as benefits advice, legal information, prosthetic centre advice and information, setting up support groups, as well as putting on amputee-friendly events such as the adventure weekend to Bendrigg Trust. The charity’s aim is to help amputees rebuild their lives and adjust to their new circumstances.
What Molly had to say: