On 30th May 2018 myself, my wife Sarah and my 3 wonderful kids Ella 10, Summer 8 and Riley 7 will be joined by a group of amputees and other members on an amazing challenge to become the first amputee group to climb Mount Snowdon, in order to raise the funds that Steel Bones needs to continue offering the invaluable support to amputees and families across the UK. I put the idea on the Steel Bones Facebook page and was overwhelmed by the number of other amputees from around the UK who wanted to join me on this challenge and i now have a great team of 18 adults and 5 children joining me in climbing Snowdon.
Steel Bones is a voluntary charity for amputees and their families, which works across the UK to connect the amputee community, create friendships and provide a proactive support network by giving latest news on stump health, promoting healthy lifestyles, signposting useful services, experts and sports clubs along with providing flexible careers opportunities.
The key focus for Steel Bones is offering support to new amputees, and their families - offering the guidance and companionship that they so often need, at often the most traumatic time. There are 5,000 new amputees each year in the UK.
My own personal story is that I became an amputee last year, after having surgery in 2014 I had a major bone infection, which resulted in amputation. It was a very hard and life changing experience for my whole family. We found it very difficult to find support groups or friends in such situations. It is quite a lonesome disability and there is a lack of understanding in the public and government as to what amputation means for an individual and family. I was fortunate enough to meet the founders of Steel Bones UK, who have continued to give me great support over the last year.
My involvement within the charity has given me some amazing opportunities and I am so inspired by the number of amputees that have decided to join me on this quest. Climbing Snowdon was a personal goal of mine before my amputation and feel it is a great way to achieve my own personal goals whilst raising funds for the charity that has helped me so much.
Please help me raise as much as we can so Steel Bones can continue to support amputees and their families around the UK along with amputee awareness.
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