Transforming lives with mobility
584. Tom Williams
Tom Williams is the founder of 'Legs4Africa', a charity transforming the lives of thousands of amputees in The Gambia, Senegal and Zambia by providing them with recycled prosthetic limbs.
In just two years, he has reclaimed over 3,000 prosthetic limbs from UK hospitals and individual donors, which would otherwise have been discarded. These prosthetics are shipped out to The Gambia, Senegal and Zambia, where the charity works with local partners who adapt and fit the prosthetics to those in need. The limbs have a huge impact, allowing amputees to regain their mobility and independence. Over the next two years Tom hopes to expand Legs4Africa into Tanzania, shipping twice as many prosthetic limbs each year.
Prime Minister Theresa May said:
“As the founder of ‘Legs4Africa’, you have transformed the lives of thousands of amputees in The Gambia, Senegal and Zambia by providing them with recycled prosthetic limbs that would have otherwise been discarded. I wish you every success as you expand your work into Tanzania, giving even more people with amputated limbs the opportunity to regain their mobility and independence.”
“Since sourcing the first prosthetic leg for a friend’s father in The Gambia to the charity now providing over a thousand reclaimed prosthetic limbs to African amputees every year, I have learned that the smallest acts can lead to the greatest achievements.”
Tom’s local MP, Karin Smyth said:
“Congratulations to Tom Williams on his Point of Light award from the Prime Minister. His innovative idea has helped thousands of people in Africa to regain their mobility, having a profound impact on the quality of people’s lives.”