The Limbless Association is a registered charity (Charity registration Nos. 803533 and SCO42256) that was originally established in 1983. Since then, it has grown to become the leading UK charity for people with limb-loss. It was granted charitable status in Scotland on 18 April 2011.
The Limbless Association was formerly based in southwest London, at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Roehampton (The Douglas Bader Rehabilitation Centre). This was the first-ever prosthetic centre in the UK (built in 1915) and is still regarded as a centre-of-excellence for prosthetic treatment and rehabilitation. In April 2010, the office moved to Jubilee House in Brentwood, Essex and in September 2011, the office moved to its current address at Waterhouse Business Centre, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 2QE.
The Limbless Association provides information and support to the limb-loss community. We aim to support people of all ages and backgrounds through a variety of existing programmes and services.We offer support to individuals of any age, whether they are about to have an amputation or are already living with congenital or acquired limb-loss and we offer assistance and information to carers, family members and friends if they require it. We support both the civilian and military population and work closely with other UK Charities to provide the best overall service for each individual.
We provide a national association of friends and contemporaries through the Limbless Association membership system and provide a single, unified voice for the UK limb-loss community, creating a national union and alliance for UK prosthetic patients.
The First World War necessitated the formation of the British Limbless Ex-Servicemen’s Association (BLESMA). It was years later that, building on BLESMA’s valuable experience and know-how, the civilian Limbless Association was formed. Clearly there was an important need to look after the interests of civilians of all ages with limb-loss, whether as a result of congenital deficiency or amputation due to disease or trauma. From these modest beginnings the Limbless Association has become an increasingly active and well-regarded association, providing a valuable resource for amputees, healthcare professionals, carers and family & friends alike.