Donating splint

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Watties
Watties Community member Posts: 4 Listener
Hello
My five year old nephew has a half leg splint to assist with walking difficulties caused by his cerebral palsy condition. He has recently been fitted for a new splint and so his old splint is no longer needed. Does anyone know a charity I can donate the splint to so another child could benefit?
Thank you

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  • Ami2301
    Ami2301 Community member Posts: 7,935 Championing
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    Hi @Watties welcome to the community! Check out British Legion as you can donate or recycle mobility equipment and prosthetics. Hope this helps :)
  • Watties
    Watties Community member Posts: 4 Listener
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    Thank you - I have checked the British Legion and they are not able to help
  • Richard_Scope
    Richard_Scope Posts: 3,638 Scope online community team
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    The NHS may take it from you. The problem is that more often than not leg splints are manufactured specifically to the measurements of the person it is intended for.

  • Pippa_Alumni
    Pippa_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,790 Championing
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    Hi @Watties, and a warm welcome to the community!
  • Watties
    Watties Community member Posts: 4 Listener
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    thank you
  • Jean_OT
    Jean_OT Community member Posts: 513 Empowering
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    Hi @Watties

    Welcome to the community.

    It is actually very difficult to donate used splints/ AFO's  This  is basically because most splints and AFO are made for the individual, although the thermal plastic AFO's can be remolded.  However in some parts of the world the choice is between a re-used device or no device at all. I  don't know of anywhere in the  UK that collects splints but if you are willing to pay the postage you could consider these overseas organisations:


    http://surestep.net/blog/donate-orthotic-braces-afos-smos/

    https://clubfootclub.org/help/donate-orthotics/

    If this isn't feasible for you, I have another idea that I have seen work well in some instances and might help your nephew/ his young playmates/classmates become more comfortable with the brace. Buy a big teddy or doll that the brace will fit and add the brace to  the other clothes and accessories the children can choose to dress it in. Play is how children often get familiar with things and gives them a safe way to express themselves and ask questions.

    Hope this helps

    Jean

  • Watties
    Watties Community member Posts: 4 Listener
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    That's really helpful thank you