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Amputee adventurer ready for world record crossing of Greenland Ice Cap

Peter Bowker leads the 65 Degrees North expedition as they set off on the world’s first unsupported attempt by an amputee to cross the Greenland Ice Cap this week. Their mission is a 600km, well below freezing trek over 25-days. The team will cross the ice cap on skis pulling pulls weighing up to 80kg in temperatures as low as ... Read More »

British Army soldier regains ability to walk using most advanced bionic leg in the world

Craig lost his left leg in 2010 whilst serving in Afghanistan with the British Army. He has since regained his ability to walk using the most advanced bionic leg in the world and has become a symbol of hope for other injured veterans through his charity work with BLESMA and Help for Heroes.   Craig Gadd, from Hull, Yorkshire lost ... Read More »

BU lecturer helping amputee chase Team GB dream

A Bournemouth University lecturer is helping a disabled cyclist to achieve his dream of representing Britain at the Rio 2016 Paralympics. Dr Bryce Dyer is designing a prosthetic leg for amputee Craig Preece, who is in with a chance of making the Team GB cycling squad for next year’s summer Paralympic Games, held in Rio de Janeiro. Currently a member ... Read More »

Newcastle University bionic limb project gets £1.4m boost

A new generation of bionic limbs could be the result of research being led by scientists at Newcastle University. The £1.4m project will focus on how to produce a prosthetic hand that can sense pressure and temperature and send the information back to the brain. If successful, it would enable much higher levels of function for people who have lost ... Read More »

Limbcare unveils new insurance scheme designed specifically for amputees and the limb impaired

Amputees and the limb impaired can now benefit from access to bespoke home insurance products following the launch of a new scheme by charity Limbcare. Limbcare — which was established in 2010 by quad amputee Ray Edwards MBE to support amputees, the limb-impaired and their families — has entered into a three-year deal with broker Arthur J. Gallagher, which designs ... Read More »

Heather Mills announces Guinness World Record attempt

With a whole host of silver and gold medals under her belt and having been ranked 28th in the world in slalom racing, Heather Mills is now embarking on a brand new challenge, as she attempts to break the Guinness World Record for speed skiing. Having lost her leg in a collision with a police motorcycle back in 1993, Heather’s ... Read More »

Human brain proves clever at learning to handle disability

YOU can’t teach an old brain new tricks – or so we thought. New research by Oxford scientists has found evidence that the organ could be even more adaptable than previously thought. And it is believed the findings could lead to new ways to treat people who have lost limbs, had a stroke or suffered a brain injury. Study leader ... Read More »

Swarovski Crystal Encrusted Prothesis Created

Belinda Gatland slips on a crystal encrusted running blade, glittering proof that anything is possible with design and innovation. This stunning crystal encrusted prosthesis was designed to be worn for a charity photo-shoot by our client Belinda Gatland, who had her left leg amputated after a horse-riding accident. Inspired by Marilyn Monroe’s well-know phrase ‘Diamonds are a girls best friend’, ... Read More »

One-armed man ‘must lose ANOTHER limb’ to keep his disabled parking permit

A one-armed man been refused a disabled parking permit – after being told he needed to lose ANOTHER limb to qualify. Roy Sowerby, from Middlesbrough, is registered disabled after he lost his arm when it was crushed in an industrial accident 11 years ago. And Mr Sowerby, 58, has had the Blue Badge permit for his car for the last ... Read More »

Disabled singer responds to childhood bullies in song

A Belgian singer with one arm tells BBC Ouch how she composes lyrics, and also displays a talent for turning negatives into unlikely positives. As a child, when Ilse Gevaert was teased for having a prosthetic forearm her father bluntly advised: “If you get bullied just take your arm off and hit them on the head with it.” Unlike many ... Read More »

Jack Eyers: ‘My dream is to be seen as a good model, not a sob story’

The hunky star of Scope’s laundrette advert tells Theo Merz he wants disabled people to be part of the norm. Jack Eyers flicks through the portfolio he has built up over two years as a model, ranging from sportswear shots to images of him wearing historical dress. As he does, he talks about the sort of problems that anyone trying ... Read More »

LimbPower announced as a National Disability Sports Organisation

At the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) Annual General Meeting in July this year, LimbPower were officially given National Disability Sports Organisation (NDSO) status. The charity, which works to increase sporting opportunities for amputees and those with limb loss, joins seven other NDSOs who sit as part of EFDS’s Membership. NDSOs play a vital role in sport and physical ... Read More »