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Why was the Limbless Association formed?

The First World War necessitated the formation of the British Limbless Ex-Servicemen’s Association (BLESMA). It was years later that, building on BLESMA’s valuable experience and know-how, the civilian Limbless Association was formed. Clearly there was an important need to look after the interests of civilians of all ages with limb-loss, whether as a result of congenital deficiency or amputation due to disease or trauma. From these modest beginnings the Limbless Association has become an increasingly active and well-regarded association, providing a valuable resource for amputees, healthcare professionals, carers and family & friends alike.

What does the Limbless Association do?

The Limbless Association provides information and support to the limb-loss community.  We aim to support people of all ages and backgrounds through a variety of existing programmes and services.

We offer support to individuals of any age, whether they are about to have an amputation or are already living with congenital or acquired limb-loss and we offer assistance and information to carers, family members and friends if they require it. We support both the civilian and military population and work closely with other UK Charities to provide the best overall service for each individual.

We provide a national association of friends and contemporaries through the Limbless Association membership system and provide a single, unified voice for the UK limb-loss community, creating a national union and alliance for UK prosthetic patients.

Who founded the Association?

The first Steering Committee for the charity, initially called the National Association for Limbless Disabled, consisted of:

  • John Robins (Chairman)
  • Errol Cowell
  • Joyce Pisano

When was the Limbless Association founded?

2nd November 1983.

Who is on the Board of Trustees?

The Board of Trustees, all of whom are amputees, consists of:

  • Stuart Holt (Chairman)
  • Clifton Henry
  • Fiona Evans
  • Roy Haycock
  • Patricia Fitzpatrick

What is the Limbless Association’s Mission Statement?

The Limbless Association enables limbless people of all ages, by their own talents and initiatives, create and enjoy equal opportunities in the community.

How many Members does the Limbless Association have?

We currently have approximately 1,500 individual members in the UK.

How many members of staff does the Limbless Association have?

Three full-time employees and one part-time.

How many Volunteers does the Limbless Association have?

Roughly 120 (all of whom are amputees themselves).

How is the Limbless Association funded?

The Limbless Association does not receive any government or lottery funding. Our funds are raised through grants, legacies, membership subscriptions and corporate & public donations.

Is it a national or international charity?

The Limbless Association is a national UK charity with international interests, so members are welcome from throughout the World.

Do Trustees get paid?

Trustee Expenses

Trustees do not get paid for the work that they do, but they are allowed to claim for any out of pocket payments in order to carry out there duties, for example:

  • travel to and from meetings whilst on trustee/charity business
  • overnight accommodation whilst on trustee/charity business
  • postage, telephone calls and broadband time for charity/trustee work
  • any other reasonable costs whilst on charity/trustee business

For more information please view the Charity Commission website.