Updated: Feb 13
The employees of Davpack walk a whopping 437.5 miles and raise over £3000 in the process in an effort to help Legs4Africa achieve their campaign goal.
Davpack, a leading UK mail-order packaging supplies company, ended its recent fundraiser ‘Davpack Walks to Legs4Africa’ after a month of employees tracking their mileage throughout November. Legs4Africa is a Bristol-based charity that supports people with limb differences across sub-Saharan Africa. The organisation launched a campaign aptly named ‘Leg Up’ in line with the start of the Paralympics. They set a target of £100,000 – £50,000 of public donations, and the other £50,000 being provided by a generous match funder, giving the public the opportunity to double their contributions. Davpack’s challenge first began with the hopes of individuals walking a collaborative 125 miles. However, the team were proud to announce that they managed to complete 437.5 miles, which equates to walking to the Legs4Africa’s HQ three times over!
Legs4Africa (L4A) is an inspiring charity that raises awareness surrounding the imbalance of equality for amputees across the World. The charity was founded in 2014 by Tom Williams who, whilst on his travels across The Gambia, met a family whose father was an amputee struggling to find a prosthetic leg. This sparked the idea behind the L4A organisation. The charity aims to rebalance the access of prosthetics by donating prosthetic legs that would otherwise end up in landfills, alongside providing both mental and physical rehabilitation services to those suffering from limb loss. With an estimated 1.8 million amputees on the continent in need of a prosthetic leg and a rise in mental health issues as a result of amputation, Legs4Africa’s work is vital for reducing stigma surrounding limb loss and decreasing the number of people putting their lives at risk by refusing surgery.