A year on from asking for donations in lieu of wedding gifts, Nathaniel and Laura Gore, have talked of their delight in hearing how their support has helped some of the world’s most vulnerable people.
In 2012, the couple, celebrated their wedding and asked guests to donate to CBM, the overseas disability charity based in Cambridge. The couple raised a total of £1000 to help purchase artificial legs for people with disabilities in Tanzania, a cause very close to Laura’s heart.
Laura, who was born with a congenital deformation resulting in her using an artificial leg from just six months old, said, “Having worked for CBM for 9 years and visited many of the countries we are working in, I have seen what a difference CBM’s support has on peoples lives. That is why I wanted to donate our wedding fund to a CBM-supported hospital in Tanzania, who specialise in high quality care and treatment for amputees. A year on, I am overwhelmed to hear about the lives that have been changed through the generosity of our guests.”
Laura heard of one patient called Iysla, 26, who was involved in a serious road accident causing severe injuries to both of his legs. The driver of a large container lorry lost control and veered off the road. Both of Isaya’s legs were trapped and severely injured by one of the falling containers. After two years of ineffective treatment, he was referred to CBM-supported CCBRT Disability Hospital, based in Dar es Salaam, where he was fitted with prostheses on both legs. With intensive follow-up care, Isaya can now support himself and walk on his own.
Iysla said, “Many of my friends and relatives started to avoid me due to my disability and my dependency on others. I had lost hope that I would be able to walk on my own again. Since having my prostheses fitted, my life has been completely transformed. Thank you CBM and Laura and Nathaniel.”
Kirsty Smith, Chief Executive of CBM UK said, “There are thousands of people in the developing world who are isolated and excluded because they don’t have access to the services they need. The independence and freedom that can be given by providing something as simple as an artificial leg is life-changing. We are so grateful to our supporters who enable us to radically improve the opportunities for people with disabilities in the poorest countries of the world.”
CBM, the overseas disability charity, is improving the quality of life of people with and at risk of disability in the poorest countries of the world. Reaching more than 31 million people each year, CBM UK is based in Oakington, Cambridge. In 2012, CBM provided medical services for orthopaedic conditions to over half a million and distributed 107,189 orthopaedic appliances. www.cbmuk.org.uk