Dorset Orthopaedic are pleased to return to the annual APIL Conference on Thursday 18th and Friday 19th of April in South Wales.
The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) conference, exclusively for Legal Professionals, will be held in the prestigious Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, South Wales. The annual conference will consist of:
a host of eminent speakers and experts delivering plenary and seminar sessions
practical and relevant training, the latest developments in personal injury
supporting activities include an exhibition with around 60 stands, gala dinner dance and the APIL AGM
Dorset Orthopaedic’s Legal Services Co-ordinator Jo Dowling and Prosthetist Paul Neve can be found at Stand 58 in the Exhibition Hall, on hand to answer any questions about Dorset Orthopaedic’s Legal Services.
Dorset Orthopaedic patients Kieran Maxwell, aged 14, and Sofia Crockatt, aged 8, attended Limbpower’s ‘Learn to Run’ workshop in Loughborough in February.
‘Learn to Run’ is a free workshop, hosted by ‘Limbpower‘, that explores both practical and theoretical workshops for leg amputees, coaching them how to start running, prosthetics and stump care. Limbpower aim to give new amputees the opportunity to experience a wide variety of sports, taught by specialist from sports, governing bodies and associations.
Kieran, a through-knee amputee and Sofia, a below-knee amputee, have become great friends through these kinds of events and found the workshop very beneficial. The kids were able to learn to run with their prosthetics, receiving support and coaching from top professionals.
Amongst the inspiration at the event were Paralympic champion Jonnie Peacock and Richard Whitehead, Silver Medalist Stefanie Reid and Olympic and Paralympic coach Hayley Ginn.
(Pictured: Jonnie Peacock with Sofia, Kieran and sister Alyssa)
Burton-on-Trent’s Prosthetist Mark Woolsey attended the event for moral support of Dorset Orthopaedic patients.
Sofia’s Dad Nick thought ‘it was really great having Mark there. I think it’s important to have Orthotists or Prosthetists at these events as they can help with adjustments to the running blades and I think this allowed Sofia to run to her full potential’.
“I love my new blade leggie. I can now run properly and play with my friends. There were some amazing runners at the event, I will be as fast as them one day!” (Sofia Crockatt)
Kieran added his ‘leg needed a little changing and it was great Mark was there to help. It was also great to see Mark outside of the clinic and to have him work with Hayley Ginn’.
“I find the Learn to Run days great fun, very tiring, but very rewarding – I’ve only been running for 5 weeks but everyone there has prosthetic legs like me! Dorset Orthopaedic has helped me to learn to use my blade leg. Until I went to Limbpower I only knew basic exercises, but Mark helped me start using it for basic gymnastics then told me about Limbpower so I could learn to run or fly!” (Kieran Maxwell)
Dorset Orthopaedic encourages patients to attend these events as they empower amputees and inspire them to get involved in sports and make friends whilst having fun.
Watch the clip below to see Kieran running at ‘Learn to Run’: