24 May 2018
The London Orthotic Consultancy are excited to announce that one of our orthotic technicians, Cat, will soon be flying off to West Africa after signed up to run the Sierra Leone Marathon with her partner Sam. Cat joined the LOC Manufacturing team last year and has been a fantastic addition to our Kingston clinic. From running her own jewellery business to teaching English on the Japanese island of Hokkaido, this next challenge is adding yet another feat to her growing list of achievements.
The 26-mile race will take place on the 27th May 2018 and is a unique event run by the charity Street Child, with locals and expats excited to take part. The race will be challenging but rewarding, with the route snaking through some of the most beautiful countrysides in Northern Sierra Leone. Winding through tropical forests and local villages, this epic challenge poses the additional hurdle of tackling 30°C heat and 90% humidity.
Cat and Sam are raising money to support the excellent work carried out by the charity Street Child. Sierra Leone has often been tarnished by its history of political turmoil; the eleven-year-long Sierra Leone Civil War and more recently the devastating Ebola outbreak in 2014. Sustained poor healthcare and infrastructure meant that Sierra Leone’s life expectancy in 1995 was just 35 years. Today, it only sits at 51 years, a meagre figure even compared to other countries in the region.
The marathon is not your average running event, but a chance to bring awareness to the charity's projects in urban and rural areas of the country. Since Street Child launched their efforts in Sierra Leone in 2008, they have focused on protecting and educating vulnerable children; building over 124 schools and renovating a further 152. They have supported over 12,000 families to setup their own businesses, allowing more than 20,000 young girls and boys to attend school.
Working with LOC and Elaine has been a great experience – they really take the time to look at your child and understand their individual challenges and needs. For parents who are in the same position that we were, I would say do your research – see what clinics are available near you and what the costs are, but my feeling is it’s worth every penny.
After 10 years of daily physiotherapy and swimming, not to mention SDR, hamstring and tendon lengthening, we have finally achieved independent walking – it was a mother’s day gift that would take some beating.
LOC’s video vector technology measures exactly where Austin’s weight is being distributed, how his hips are moving and how his legs are moving. It’s those insights that have made his new AFOs so effective. Even within a few days, LOC’s splints have had more impact on his independence of movement than anything else we have done.
Since his new orthoses, his change has been remarkable. He is more mobile and can walk independently. Jason is now walking indoors and outdoors and is unrestricted. He is now properly enjoying the summer sunshine for the first time in a few years with no complaints of pain.
It has been a breath of fresh air – LOC’s ability to accommodate Sophie’s circumstances and manufacture her orthotics so quickly has taken a huge amount of potential stress away. Alan talks to Sophie as well - she looks forward to seeing him. He has even been able to fulfil her request to have her SMOs decorated with unicorns! It makes her feel special and much happier about wearing them.
I can now go a mile without having to stop, so it is a lot better and I’m walking in a regular pattern now. The orthotic fits perfectly because LOC took proper mouldings and photographs; they were very thorough.
They work with remote rural communities, building schools, training teachers and ensuring that children have the chance to go to school where previously there was none. Their urban projects involve getting children off the streets and back with their families, greatly improving the chance of having a stable home life and therefore staying in education.
LOC has proudly sponsored Cat and Sam, supporting a worthwhile charity that will have a positive impact on the lives of thousands of children, their families and the wider community.
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LOC’s clinic is based in the University of Salford’s Podiatry Department and provides treatments for orthotics, scoliosis, pectus deformities, positional plagiocephaly and club foot.
It is also the base for LOC’s northern OSKAR clinic which is run by Sam Walmsley, clinical director of LOC, in conjunction with Elaine Owen MBE MSc SRP MCSP.
Due to COVID-19, we have had to temporarily close the Salford clinic and are operating out of another clinic in Bolton.
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So far they have both raised close to £1700, if you too would also like to sponsor, please click on the following link to give to Sam and Cat’s Just Giving page. Any kind donation will provide vulnerable children with a good education and create a much brighter future – also, it might just give Sam and Cat the last push they need to get over the finish line!