Amputees Reach for the Sky and Settle for the Top of the World!

On Wednesday 2nd October a team of 21 people set off on the challenge of a lifetime to climb Kilimanjaro the World’s largest free-standing Mountain. This inspiring team included eight amputees (four men and four women), all with varied limb differences of different levels ranging from below the knee – Tracy Kitto, to a full hip disarticulation – Damian Harper, and Simon Grater, who is an amputee and Type 1 Diabetic and Mick Kirby, an upper limb stroke survivor.

The uniqueness of this Kilimanjaro Challenge was designed to give each of the amputees involved the optimal chance of summiting the Mountain. The strong team of 21 people included two Doctors, two Prosthetists, eight amputees and friends and partners. And an additional support crew of 75 local people who were their guides, porters and kitchen staff. The team undertook an extended trek over eight days allowing for the differing needs of this inspirational 8 person Ampu-Team.

Four of the eight amputees summited Kilimanjaro; Anne Garland (who at 62, is the oldest female AK amputee to summit) and Kiera Roche who both reached Gilman’s Point. Chris Linnitt and Rebecca Legon continued on for another 3-4 hours and reached the 3rd Uruhu Summit. Rebecca was the first amputee to complete the challenge in a speedy time of under 12 hours, and Chris battled through immense discomfort as his prosthetic leg had broken. All of the amputees challenged themselves beyond their comfort zones and those that didn’t summit only failed to do so due to illness and or prosthetic malfunction. This challenge was always a high-risk expedition with very little knowledge about how the prosthetics would perform at altitude and under duress, the team were pretty much climbing blind.

This was an incredibly tough challenge and nothing you read or watch can prepare you for the long days, altitude and tiredness of sleeping in a tent in the wilderness for eight days. The prosthetic support and pre-event preparation were incredible and the above knee amputees could not have succeeded without the hard work and preparation carried out by Chris Parsons and Tim Howarth, including the design of a battery-operated portable charger.

The team were met at the finish line by Tanzanian government officials who had heard about this fantastic group of individuals all with different disabilities and had organised a welcome party, which was documented and shown on local TV stations.

Kiera Roche, LimbPower’s CEO said, ‘this was the most challenging thing I have undertaken, it required both physical and mental toughness to get through each day and to reach the summit on summit night, a huge feat for a team of amputees’. She added, ‘this challenge was not just about pushing our personal limits, but also about leading the way to show other people with limb loss and limb difference that anything is possible with the right support and equipment’.

The team have raised an incredible £30,000 for two limb loss charities, LimbPower and the Amputation Foundation. Both organisations work to improve the lives of people living with limb loss and limb difference.

Damian Harper, Amputation Foundation Trustee said “I’m so incredibly proud of us all. I didn’t reach the top, but I reached my Kilimanjaro. My personal goal was to be the first Hip Disarticulation amputee to summit with a prosthetic leg, unfortunately my socket failed and I had to stop on safety grounds. My main aim for our group was to show other amputees that life can continue post amputation, that it can be a new beginning.  We are all everyday amputees using standard prosthetics, not athletes, just Superheroes. It was an honour to be part of this team’.

  • LimbPower – is a national charity who supports both amputees and individuals born with limb impairments to engage in physical activity, sport and the arts to improve quality of life and to aid lifelong rehabilitation.

LimbPower is a National Disability Sports Organisation, sitting alongside WheelPower, Cerebral Palsy Sport (CP Sport), Dwarf Sport, British Blind Sport (BBS), UK Deaf Sport, Mencap Sport and Special Olympics Great Britain (SOBG).  Through this association, and our work with the Activity Alliance and Sport England, LimbPower help amputees and people with limb impairment reach their sporting potential.

  • Amputation Foundation (AF) – is the first point of call for amputees, families and friends of amputees, and hospital professionals to obtain immediate and impartial support from other amputees and support organisations. AF is linked with all support networks and groups around the UK to ensure each and every amputee has first-hand advice, information, and support that will be beneficial to living a life without limb(s).

The Kilimanjaro Team – Alan Fox, Anne Garland, Chris Linnitt, Chris Parsons, Damian Harper, Nichola Folser, David Fosler, Jackie Webber, Jonnie Clapp, Kevin Rees, Kiera Roche, Mick Kirby, Dr Nicki Russell, Paul Rogers, Rebecca Legon, Dr Sarah Drake, Shelly Whyte, Simon Grater, Sue Ferguson, Tracy Kitto, Tim Howarth.

Fantastic news! Heartfelt congratulations and huge respect to you all for such an amazing achievement. 

Steel Bones Celebration Day!

Steel Bones is keen to get word out to amputees about their Celebration Day this year… 

The Celebration Day will take place on Sunday 21st July at Isleham, Ely, CB7 5RY. The event is free and places are on a first come first served basis so early booking is recommended. You can secure your place by clicking on the link beneath the poster. 
Steel Bones works to connect, support and inspire amputee families to overcome the trauma of amputation.  We provide the best advice and action plans they need to accomplish their goals.  Steel Bones is completely voluntary and is a registered charity (1174189



The Amputation Foundation – An Exciting New Charity Helping Amputees

We’re delighted to introduce The Amputation Foundation! 

This is a new charity set up to help and support amputees in a huge variety of ways which you can learn about by checking out their website via the link below.

The Amputation Foundation has been created by amputees with a passion for helping and supporting others.

The Amputation Foundation is a unique charity, that not only assists amputees but also medical professionals in their plight to give new amputees the best start, following amputation.

The Amputation Foundation can assist amputees with a long list of support needs and information that will be relevant to starting a new life as an amputee which will include benefits information, legal information, prosthetic centre advice and information, education and retraining and much more. Amputation Foundation will continue to support these people with their needs moving forward through rehabilitation and on to retraining for future employment and even sports and hobbies which may require adaptations or specialist inclusive activities.
The Amputation Foundation is announcing its arrival with what looks to be a fabulous Launch Party at the Titanic Hotel, Stanley Dock, Regent Road, Liverpool, L3 0AN, on Saturday 10th March. There are still a few tickets available but apparently they are selling out fast so please contact the Amputation Foundation without delay if you’d like to be there. Contact details will be found on the information below.

* Click HERE to check out the Amputation Foundation Website *


We’re always delighted to hear of new charities and organisations helping amputees and look forward to working with the Amputation Foundation in the future.
We wish them the best of luck with this very exciting and supportive venture.