LEGS (Local Exercise Groups for stroke and neurological conditions) provides affordable, long term, physiotherapist led rehabilitation and exercise classes for people who have had a stroke or live with a neurological condition such as Parkinson's or Multiple Sclerosis.

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Total raised so far

£5,700

Gift Aid + est. £457.50


Supporters

49

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LEGS

National Emergencies Trust Local Action Fund

We’re taking part in the National Emergencies Trust Local Action Fund. Donations to our project will be matched by the fund up to the value of £250 to help us overcome the effects of the pandemic.


Please note only one donation per supporter will be matched by the National Emergencies Trust Local Action Fund.

What we do and why

For people living with the long term health impacts of stroke, acquired brain injuries and other neurological conditions, access to specialist, physiotherapist-led rehabilitation is either not available where they live or unaffordable.  That's where LEGS comes in. We provide specialist exercise classes, education, social interaction and community re-integration for people with neurological conditions. We run our subsidised classes in person and online, meaning we are there for people regardless of their postcode or income. 

Our clinical approach has been developed through evidence based practice and up to date guidelines. Our innovative style of community rehabilitation is well regarded, demonstrated by numerous requests to present at industry events, as well as the high number of referrals received from the NHS.

Our services are urgently needed. In addition to the estimated 14.7 million neurological cases in England, equating to at least 1 in 6 people living with one or more neurological condition(s) (Neurological Alliance, 2019). Overwhelming pressure on NHS services as a result of COVID-19 has reduced, already limited, community rehabilitation. The consequence is that people with long term neurological conditions are not able to access expert help and an appropriate intensity of rehabilitation.

This can have a devastating physical as well as mental impact, affecting independence and quality of life as well as leading to greater healthcare and wider societal costs. For instance, 45% of stroke survivors surveyed in 2018 by the Stroke Association felt abandoned when they left hospital. This is why LEGS was established. To meet a recognised, and growing problem, where people with long term neurological health impacts are being forgotten and left behind. We pride ourselves on understanding and responding to our members; they are at the heart of everything we do.

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“As an NHS community stroke therapy team, we are very limited in the amount of sessions we can provide after stroke recovery, which takes years. LEGS provides somewhere that our patients can continue their stroke recovery rather than feeling alone. They can gain peer support from other stroke survivors, get cardiovascular/strengthening exercises, discuss common problems and share solutions”. 

NHS referrer

"This charity has one of the best rehab exercise programmes running online for people with neurological impairments." 

Dr Caroline Appel, Clinical Lead Physiotherapist, St Pancras Hospital

"LEGS has changed my life within a couple of weeks, despite being involved in healthcare services for my condition for over 10 years."

LEGS Participant

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Exercise

All participants joining our programmes undertake a one-to-one consultation with a physiotherapist which includes: a thorough medical assessment; setting of personal goals; introduction to the LEGS support framework/community and signposting to appropriate resources. Participants, our ‘LEGS members’, then join a weekly programme of exercise, with the aim to improve muscle strength and targeted limb function, develop confidence and ultimately support them back into independent exercise and living.

Education

We run weekly discussion groups which provide information, guidance and sharing of mutual experience. LEGS members receive regular communications from the LEGS team with home exercises, self-help advice and signposting to resources. The workshops and information sharing helps members to understand more about their condition and how to self-manage. 

Wellbeing

Members meet to share experiences and access peer support and attend LEGS social events.  We also support members and carers. This social interaction has been crucial in supporting members to reduce feelings of isolation and improve mental wellbeing.

In a 12 week study we found 100% of participants’ emotional wellbeing improved and 100% had reduced anxiety and depression.

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How your donation will make a difference 

Your money will help us to keep running our weekly exercise classes and open new ones across the country. We currently have 18 groups but there is huge demand and our mission is to make long term exercise accessible for everybody, not just those who are able to afford to pay for ongoing support. By supporting LEGS you are giving somebody the chance to make life changing improvements to their physical ability and emotional wellbeing. For many of our participants, this is the highlight of their week, and for some, a real lifeline. 

“I would have been in a wheelchair for ever if I had not had LEGS.”

LEGS Participant


Updates 1


Victoria Bailey-King posted an update on 23rd April 2022

A huge thank you from LEGS

Dear Supporters, 

Thank you so much for your recent donation to LEGS' Crowdfunder campaign. Thanks to your generosity and the match funding of the National Emergencies Trust Local Action Fund, we raised nearly £5,500 in four weeks. 

This is a really significant amount and will fund one of our physiotherapist-led, exercise classes for an entire year, or two of our online groups. Hundreds of hours of specialist care and support will be accessed by people with neurological conditions, for whom this might not otherwise be possible, due to lack of availability, cost or accessibility.

As one participant told us recently: "LEGS has changed my life within a couple of weeks, despite being involved in healthcare services for my condition for over 10 years". The impact of LEGS on people's lives is real and meaningful, and for your part in creating that change, we thank you most sincerely. 

With best wishes,

Victoria


Victoria Bailey-King

Director of Operations

LEGS (Local Exercise Groups for stroke and neurological conditions)

www.legs.org.uk

[email protected]

Extra funding
The National Emergencies Trust donated to this cause

The National Emergencies Trust has provided £3,340 of funding

The National Emergencies Trust's Local Action Fund is helping voluntary and community organisations overcome the effects of the pandemic.

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Robyn Clingman pledged £50 + an est. £12.50 in Gift Aid
10th May 2022 at 3:34pm
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julie-ann-brown pledged £20 + an est. £5.00 in Gift Aid
5th May 2022 at 3:07pm
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Katie McMahon pledged £5 + an est. £1.25 in Gift Aid
28th April 2022 at 8:11pm

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