Pall-Ex is teaming up with Legs4Africa to provide 1,000 prosthetic limbs to amputees in West Africa.
The palletised freight distribution network will be transporting the prosthetic limbs to Gatwick Airport, where they will then be flown to hospital mobility departments in Gambia and Senegal.
Kevin Buchanan, group managing director of Pall-Ex, said: “It has been an ambitious project for the charity, particularly with the threat of Ebola affecting the region – but that’s even more incentive to help in whatever way we can.
“We’re working alongside other local Leicestershire firms to get the project on its way, and we anticipate delivery of the prosthetic limbs to be in late February.”
It is estimated that over 5,000 prosthetic limbs are destroyed every year within the UK due to these EU regulations
Under EU law, unwanted prosthetic limbs – even those in perfect working order – are deemed as medical waste and cannot be distributed within the EU. This applies to prosthetics which have just been tried on and do not fit first time.
“It is estimated that over 5,000 prosthetic limbs are destroyed every year within the UK due to these EU regulations,” explains Tom Williams, founder of Legs4Africa.
“We can’t change the law, but there’s nothing stopping us from breaking this wasteful cycle and getting limbs to where they are needed most, where they can improve the lives and restore the confidence of amputees in Africa. We hope this will be the first trip of many that Pall-Ex can support us with.”
Pall-Ex supports many charities both in the UK and abroad, including the Carers Trust and The Stroke Association.