To provide motivation and encouragement to those who have suffered limb related injury or illness by providing them with funding for, and access to, equipment which will enable them to get back to work and take part in new or existing hobbies post-recovery.
How did it start:
After 11 years of struggling with multiple failed bone recovery surgeries, following bone cancer at 17 Josephine Bridges, opted for an above the knee amputation in October 2018.
When making her decision she went on a research drive to discover what would be available for her as an amputee through the NHS and what she discovered dis-heartened her.
As an active woman, taking part in a number of outdoor sports, she realised that whilst the NHS options would be able to get her moving they were unlikely to support her hobbies and those that would keep her active weren’t going to be available for a number of years.
Keen to keep up her active life she began looking towards a self-funded option; buying a prosthetic from a private company which would not only support her to pastimes but actually allow her to do even more than she had with her reconstructed leg.
Her mind was set and she began fundraising for her prosthetic, it was at this point she realised that the love, kindness and generosity that she was being shown shouldn’t be hers alone.
Moving forward to now; Josephine is walking, running, skiing, climbing and more, with her very own prosthetic.
After fundraising for her leg, through the incredible kindness of others, she decided that she had to find a way to pay-it-forward, to provide others with the same opportunity she had, to encourage recovery, generate motivation and create inspiration after injury or illness.
So Positive Bones was born, not just a charity but a space that makes wellness the goal. This can be as big as supporting someone in funding their own prosthetic or as small as providing raised beds for a gardener following knee replacement. Currently under registration, the soon-to-be charity hopes to be fully set-up by the end of 2020.
Looking into the future Positive Bones has a goal, a goal to not just provide funding support to others but to create a community that provides wellbeing support also. Connecting those who have recovered with people, product designers, physios, occupational therapists and prosthetists who can support them. Finally, creating a network of volunteers who will encourage recovery, generate motivation and help families through hospital visits, generating activities and connecting patients with others in the community who have recovered.
- Zoe Watterson
- Cliodhna Swales
- The Bernard Robinson Charitable Trust
- Cathryn Durie
- Ryan Campbell
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