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New funding for sports prosthetics for disabled children

Government allocates £1.5m to running blades and other equipment and research

Mark Gould

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Children with limb loss will benefit from a further £1.5 million investment into sports and activity prosthetics including running blades.

A government fund has already provided prosthetics for 220 disabled children since its launch in March 2016. The Department of Health and Social Care says the new investment means more children who have suffered limb loss or who were born with a limb deficiency will benefit from prosthetics.

The fund will also support research and innovation to improve prosthetic technology.

Kiera Roche, chief executive of LimbPower, the national disability sports organisation for people with limb impairments, said it was delighted with the new funding that will extend the programme for a further two years.

"The impact this has had on the 220 children who have so far received their activity limbs is immeasurable.

"Children just want to be able to join in and feel included, especially at school and in the community, and this means playing and taking part in P.E. and games."

Ms Roche said the overriding messages LimbPower has received from children and parents is that they can be included, join in, run and jump just like their friends.

"They can be children and not patients."

Minister of State for Care, Caroline Dinenage, said: "Sport and activity are so important to any child’s health, wellbeing and confidence, and today’s announcement should help many more disabled children to fulfil their sporting ambitions.

"Hundreds have already benefited from the fund, and this additional investment will now help us to open up even more possibilities for children with limb loss, and hopefully ignite in them a lifelong passion for sport."

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