From Tragedy to Hope
Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope (Charity No 1141287) was founded by twin sisters Sarah Hope and Victoria Bacon in 2011.
In April 2007, three generations of their family were involved in a terrible bus collision in South West London. Sarah and Victoria’s mother Elizabeth tragically lost her life, Sarah was badly injured, and her 2-year-old daughter Pollyanna needed her right leg amputated below the knee. In the first six weeks after the crash, Pollyanna underwent 14 separate surgeries.
Today, despite her struggles, the care available to Pollyanna has enabled her to live a bright and active life. Since that tragic day, the Hope family have discovered what it means to have access to first class hospitals, surgeons and prosthetics and Pollyanna can walk, play and go to school, just like her friends.
Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope
There are 32 million amputees worldwide. 95% do not have prosthetics. Only one in ten will go to school.
In memory of Elizabeth, who was kind and selfless in the time and energy that she gave to others, and inspired by the resilience and courage of Pollyanna, ELoH helps some of the most vulnerable child amputees in the world. We promote both physical and social mobility for our beneficiaries, through providing new limbs, surgery and physiotherapy – as well as educational, psychological and livelihood support. We believe all child amputees deserve to live a happy and healthy life. Through the generosity of our supporters in the UK, we bring hope and brighten the future for every child we help.
War, accidents and disease cause thousands of devastating amputations across the world each year. The World Health Organisation estimates that as many as 30 million people need prosthetic limbs, braces or other mobility support in Africa, Asia and Latin America combined, so they can walk and lead active lives.
Amputee children, with all their lives ahead of them, are particularly disadvantaged. Since our launch in 2011, Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope has changed the lives of over 250 vulnerable child amputees. Our mission is to give them mobility, education, and the opportunity to fulfil their potential.
Elizabeth's Legacy of Hope also run the Elizabeth Panton Limb Centre in an orphanage in Andhra Pradesh in India, where they have teamed up with a fantastic charity called HEAL, Health and Education for All.
Please help us tell the story
We would love to visit our two new projects in Sierra Leone and Liberia this summer. We are hoping very much to make a film of our work, so we can tell the story of how hard life can be for child amputees. They are some of the most vulnerable children in the world and often live a lonely and isolated existence.
Amputees are ignored in the media and their story deserves to be told. Amputee children often need vital operations too. If they lose their limb traumatically the bone can grow out of the end of the stump and it must be trimmed, otherwise it can become infected, which can be fatal.
Any money donated above our target will go straight to the charity so we can give as many children as we can limbs, life, happiness and the joy of mobility and movement! Children are born to run and play and dance just like Pollyanna after all!