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Meet The Limbless Association Team
I was born in 1934 in Woking, Surrey where I went to school until the age of 15 years, leaving to do an apprenticeship as a plumber. In 1966, I moved to Brighton, working as a representative for a firm of boiler manufacturers until 1972 when I started my own plumbing business. I have been married to Sue for 23 years and have 3 stepchildren and 7 grandchildren. I was forced to retire in 1997 due to contracting Meningitis B and septicaemia, resulting in the loss of both legs below the knee.
I formed the Sussex Support Group for the Meningitis Trust which ran for several years until local support declined. At my local Rehabilitation Centre in Brighton, I was instrumental in starting Coasting Together which is growing from strength to strength. I also do volunteer work at the Centre for 2 mornings a week running the coffee bar which enables me to talk to patients informally and to their partners who spend many hours in the waiting area. I am also a registered Buddy for the South Downs Health NHS Trust (Sussex Community NHS Trust) talking to new amputees.
Pat Fitzpatrick – Board Secretary
I have been a lower limb above knee artificial leg user for over 50 years following a road traffic accident when I was a child. I have used a variety of limbs over the years, starting with a metal framed leg with a rocker shaped wooden foot, up to the current lightweight limb. I have been a member of the Harold Wood User Group for a number of years.
I have 3 children and 4 grandchildren and retired from HM Revenue & Customs ,(HMRC) two years ago. Prior to my retirement, I worked in the Information Technology department and for the last two years of my employment, managed a team on in-house staff and contractors numbering 100. Whilst working for HMRC, I was instrumental in restarting the HMRC Southend Disability Group and chaired many of the group’s meetings.
Roy Haycock – Treasurer
Born in 1934. Whilst at primary school I was involved in a serious traffic accident which resulted in the amputation of my right arm above the elbow. Having completed the first part of my education in 1944, I passed the entrance examination for Grammar School but was refused admittance because of my disability. In 1945, I tried and passed the examination for a second time and commenced my Grammar School education. I left school in 1950 and commenced work as a Junior Clerk with the North West Gas Board, staying there for 10 years.
During this time I endeavoured to overcome prejudices by playing different sports and excelled at them all. By doing so, I changed the attitudes and prejudices of my fellow sportsmen and women and the local population. In 1961, I married and also changed my employment becoming Project Accountant with Crown Paints until I retired in 1998. With the help of my darling wife, we have brought up a family of four who I am very proud of. I also carried on my other pastimes regarding the disabled – Manchester Prosthetic User Group and Limbless Association, and Pensioners – North West Pensioners Association and National Pensioners Convention.
I have been involved with voluntary work for the last 30 plus years, being a disabled person with a lifetime of direct experience.
Over the years I have worked with various disability organisations to help and support disabled people and their families.
In 1986 I founded the Midland Association for Amputees and Friends charity and have worked with other disabled people to give advice and information.
Having been instrumental with others in changing policy locally and nationally I have worked closely with statuary services to achieve a better quality of life for disabled people, working with hospital consultants to develop a recognised pathway for amputees to return to independent living within the community.
Being a founder member and Chairperson of Midland Association of Amputees and friends (MAAF) I have drawn on 30 years’ of experience and the experience of other members to support people with recant, long term limb loss or about to have a selective amputation.
I work closely with individuals, family and friends to achieve the best possible outcome for them and have worked effectively with many other groups and organisations to bring about change.
All the voluntary work I have been involved in has been to enhance the quality of life for amputees and other disabled people.
Clifton Henry - Trustee
Fiona Evans - Trustee
Deborah Bent - Charity Manager
Telephone: 01245 216670
Kevin Thrift - Services Support Officer
Telephone: 01245 216674
Ian O'Loughlin-Welfare Rights Assistant
Telephone: 01245 216669 Telephone:01245 216671
Martin Nsiah - Finance Officer (Thursdays only)
Telephone: 01245 216672