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Sports prosthetics programme gets £1.5m injection from government fund

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A government fund is being put aside to help children with limb loss to have access to sports and activity prosthetics.

The £1.5m investment is the next stage of a fund that launched in 2016 and has already helped around 220 children to benefit from technology such as running blades.

The fund will also support research and innovation to improve prosthetic technology.

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Minister of State for Care, Caroline Dinenage, said that the fund ought to help more disabled children to fulfil their sporting ambitions.

“Hundreds have already benefited from the fund, and this additional investment will now help us to open up even more possibilities for children with limb loss, and hopefully ignite in them a lifelong passion for sport.”

Kiera Roche, chief executive of LimbPower, the national disability sports organisation for people with limb impairments, acknowledged that the money will fund the organisation for a further two years.

“The impact this has had on the 220 children who have so far received their activity limbs is immeasurable.

“Children just want to be able to join in and feel included, especially at school and in the community, and this means playing and taking part in P.E. and games.

“The overriding messages we have received from children and parents is that they can be included, join in, run and jump just like their friends. They can be children and not patients.”

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