24th March 2020
Issued by LimbPower
For immediate release
LimbPower goes Virtual
Due to the ongoing public health issue caused by the Corona Virus (COVID-19) LimbPower have been required to make some incredibly difficult decisions including postponing all of our participation programmes and fundraising events as of March 2020 for the foreseeable future.
“Our priority at this time is the health and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and community members. It is heart breaking that we have postponed these vital services which support the physical, mental and social health of our community members. As a small organisation with passionate and dedicated staff we have been able to mobilise quickly and move some of our vital services online to enable us to continue to support the community we serve. We just need everyone to pull together and inform their patients, members, friends and family about the new services we are offering and where to find them.”
Our community still need us, without our weekly hospital visits, Nordic Walking programme and participation events, hundreds of disabled people across England and Wales will feel more isolated than ever. Hundreds of disabled adults and children have lost the opportunity they have to be active and interact with other people ‘like me’. We are working hard to adapt and have put the following in place to continue to support our community:
LimbPower: Stay In Stay Active
LimbPower have created a private Facebook group for all our LimbPower community members and anyone else who wants to join, to support the physical, psychological and social wellbeing of amputees and individuals with limb difference. We are postingonline videos, live videos, Q and A sessions and useful and relevant resources and social media challenges to keep our community members active, reduce feelings of isolation and support their physical, social and psychological health.
LimbPower Juniors: Stay In Stay Active
LimbPower have created a private Facebook group for all our LimbPower Junior families to support everyone’s health and wellbeing. We will be posting online videos, live videos and Q and A sessions, useful and relevant resources, social media challenges to keep our community members active, reduce feelings of isolation and support their physical, social and psychological health. #StayInStayActive. #StayInWorkOut #StaySafe
YouTube, Twitter and Instagram
We will be uploading all of the video content to YouTube to share with our community members and the wider community and sharing the links on Twitter and Instagram. We are happy for any other charity to use our resources to support their beneficiaries, we simply ask that you mention LimbPower as the source.
We will also be emailing and calling families to check on their well-being. We don’t want anyone to feel alone at any time and right now more than ever, we need to pull together! StayInStayActive. #StayInWorkOut #StaySafe
‘We are also asking our supporters and friends to become friends of the charity or make a donation to fund our life-changing work. We expect to lose up to 50% of income over the next three months and we need your help to reduce our losses. As an organisation we remain committed to empowering amputees and individuals with limb difference through physical activity, sport and the arts and we thank you for your ongoing support”.
LimbPower – LimbPower is the National Disability Sport Organisation that supports amputees and people with limb impairments to reach their sporting potential.
The Charity’s mission is to engage amputees and people with limb impairments in regular and sustained participation in recreational and competitive sport and the arts, to improve their quality of life and aid physical, social and psychological rehabilitation. LimbPower aim to put each amputee and limb impaired person in touch with the right sport and leisure activity for their needs and ability. www.limbpower.com