Here at ExpHand we are so excited to be developing relationships with two incredible charities which support those with limb differences, and we are delighted to tell you that we will be present at both of their annual family events in 2023. You'll be able to meet the ExpHand team at the LimbBo Foundation's event on 17th August in Barnsley, or at the Reach Charity event between 20-22 October in Gateshead.
If you're going to be attending, please feel free to come along and see us - we can't wait to meet you, show you our innovative ExpHand prosthetic and what it can do, and you might even be able to sign up for a beta trial or try it out for yourself on the day!
More about these charities
The Reach Charity
The Reach Charity is a registered charity in the UK that aims to support children and young people with upper limb differences. The charity provides practical and emotional support to children and their families, helping them to overcome the challenges of living with upper limb differences. The organisation's ultimate goal is to empower children with limb differences to live happy and fulfilling lives, without any limitations.
Some of the activities and services provided by the Reach Charity include:
Financial grants to support the purchase of specialist equipment and prosthetics.
Counselling and emotional support for families.
Educational resources and workshops for schools and teachers to promote inclusion.
Social events and activities for children and young people with limb differences to connect with each other.
If you'd like to learn more about the great work that the Reach Charity does, and the support they provide, why not check out their website?
Why limb-different charities are important
The work done by the Reach Charity, LimbBo Foundation and other similar organisations both in the UK and elsewhere in the world provides crucial practical and emotional support to the limb-difference community - whether that's a person with a limb difference, a family member, friend or carer.
Even better, these organisations are often run by members of the limb-different community too. So when a child, parent, friend or carer turns to them for support, it's highly likely that they'll be able to talk to someone with first hand experience of the issues or concerns that they have - someone who's been on that same journey, and who can be a reliable source of useful information and practical advice.
As the ExpHand team designs and makes prosthetics for children, it's perhaps no surprise that the two organisations we'll be working with are focused on helping children and young people with limb differences, empowering them to lead fulfilling lives and overcome any obstacles they may face as they grow towards adulthood. However, if you're already an adult and you're in need of this kind of service or support, don't worry - there are charities and other similar organisations out there that work with adults too.
How you can get involved
There are so many ways in which you can get involved with limb-different charities. Of course, one way is through donating money to fund their work, but organisations like the LimbBo Foundation and the Reach Charity need more than just money to deliver their support and service. Volunteering is a way in which you can provide this more practical support - essentially donating your time rather than money - and by doing so you can become involved in a huge range of different events, occasions and activities. Lastly, don't forget that they may also need help with day-to-day operations and higher-level decision-making, which is where people such as office staff and trustees make their contributions.