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Local amputee and children's charities to bring hope to disabled Romanian children

Local charities have created a unique partnership that will see life-changing artificial limbs and wheelchairs transported from South-east England to help many amputee kids in Romania who have little hope of receiving a prosthesis which will change their lives.

Farnborough-based Limbcare, a group that provides peer support to limb-impaired individuals and communities and which is committed to recycling and reusing prosthesis, is joining forces with Kent charity Bless The Children (UK), to send this equipment to their long-term partner ‘FundatiaTheranova’ in Oradea, Romania.

Led by Chairman Ray Edwards MBE, the UK’s longest-surviving quad amputee, Limbcare has been able to collect a large number of used prosthetic limbs, wheelchairs and walking aids through its work with local hospitals since it was founded in 2010.

We, helped bring about the encounter between Ray and Bless The Children (UK)’s Carol Marsh that led to the idea that these limbs and wheelchairs, which were sitting unused, could be used to help to Fundatia Theranova to provide low-cost prostheses to their patients..

Limbcare’s Chairman Ray Edwards MBE said: “We are delighted and proud to help in this initiative which fits clearly with Limbcare’s mission towards creating greater independence for all amputees and limb impaired people, and helping individuals improve their quality of life.”

Bless The Children (UK)’s Carol Marsh added: “Words cannot express how much joy these limbs will bring to the young people we are helping in Romania. Many have little or no hope of regaining their mobility. This simple gesture will have a major impact on their immediate and later lives.”

Carol led a convoy of several cars and 4×4’s to Yateley, Hampshire, on Friday 10th November, to collect as many prosthetic limbs, wheelchairs and walking aids as they could. These will then be packed and shipped by road to Romania later in November.

Claire Roantree, a partner at Boyes Turner, said: “The work that Ray and Carol are doing will change lives. We’re delighted to be able to help fund the transport that will get these limbs and wheelchairs quickly to the people who need them”.

Since 2001 Bless The Children (UK) has provided 33 limbs to children and young people and sent 10 kits to be assembled in Romania. Theranova not only custom-builds and fits prosthetic limbs but also provides a full support and follow-up programme.

 More information about the two charities:

·       Limbcare Limbcare was formed on 8th June 2010 by Ray Edwards MBE (the UK’s Longest surviving quad amputee), Alex Hyde-Smith, Roy Wright and Barry Perrin. To create empathy, not sympathy, to all amputees and the limb impaired. Limbcare has found that often redundant or unusable limbs are scrapped into landfill sites. They have arranged pick up facilities throughout the UK to bring these to their Recycling Centre in Camberley.
Parts are sent overseas for reuse, some specialised parts resold while others can be broken up for scrap metal to be recycled thereby creating money to be ploughed back into mentoring trainee prosthetists and technicians.

·       Bless The Children (UK) became a registered charity in January 1997. Its members have been working as volunteers in Romania since 1990.  In 1996 they took over the Darmanesti Day Centre to provide social and practical help to the elderly, poor families with disadvantaged children and individuals living in difficult circumstances in the small rural town of Darmanesti, North-East Romania.

Watch That’s Surrey TV’s interview with Limbcare and Bless the Children HERE.

Colour the world Orange 2017 - International Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Awareness Day

To mark today’s International Complex Regional Pain Syndrome awareness day – Colour the World Orange – we have produced an infographic detailing the symptoms of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) or reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD).

Buildings across the world are set to turn orange to mark the occasion, the UK buildings are:

·       TRAFALGAR SQUARE FOUNTAINS IN LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – NOVEMBER 6

·       EMIRATES SPINNAKER TOWER IN PORTSMOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM – NOVEMBER 6

·       FRESH DIRECT ARENA IN LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM – NOVEMBER 6

·       SWINDON CENTRAL LIBRARY IN SWINDON, UNITED KINGDOM – NOVEMBER 6

·       GATESHEAD MILLENNIUM BRIDGE IN GATESHEAD, UNITED KINGDOM – NOVEMBER 6

·       MANCHESTER TOWN HALL IN MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM – NOVEMBER 2

·       BLACKPOOL TOWER IN BLACKPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM – NOVEMBER 8

As personal injury claim specialists we see a number of chronic pain cases, including Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, one of the most painful types of pain. In our experience, clients develop CRPS after fractures, soft tissue injuries or burns which usually involve extensive swelling and lead to an abnormal neurological pain response that magnifies the effect of their original injury.

If you have been involved in an accident and suffer from chronic pain as a result then get in touch with our expert personal injury claim lawyers on 0800 015 4613 or email PIClaims@boyesturner.com.

Boyes Turner Solicitors proudly supporting the Mavis Nye Foundation

Mavis Nye, the legendary “Meso Warrior” has recently established a charitable foundation to support mesothelioma victims and their families and to raise funds for research into mesothelioma treatments in the hope that a cure can be found to this horrible disease.

The objectives of the Mavis Nye Foundation (MNF) include:

·       To provide financial support to UK patients diagnosed with mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases who require assistance to access medical treatment, in particular, experimental medical treatment.

·       To reimburse travel expenses to individuals and their families during the search for effective treatment.

·       To offer grants for the advancement of laboratory and clinical research in the UK for the treatment of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.

·       To encourage and support younger medical students to become mesothelioma specialists.

·       To award need-assessed scholarships or grants for attendance at British higher education institutions for health professionals intending to focus on mesothelioma nursing in the UK.

The MNF’s launch dinner event takes place on 07 December 2017 with a target of fundraising £1 million by mid-2018, just six months later.

Boyes Turner are offering the MNF our full support and recently hosted a talk presented by Mavis and her husband, Ray, at our annual mesothelioma and lung cancer study day. We will also be attending the launch night dinner to offer further support to Mavis.

If you would like to donate to the MNF or have any fundraising ideas please contact mavis@mavisnyefoundation.org

London Prosthetics Centre Case Managers Event: The Amputee's Journey

On 3 November 2017, we have the pleasure of hosting the London Prosthetics Centre Case Managers Training day, focusing on amputation, at our office in Reading.

The training will encompass the journey of an amputee from surgery to full rehabilitation using prosthetics across medical and legal intervention to rehabilitation.

This is a not to miss event and places are going fast!

There is a great line up of speakers who will be:

·       Ella Dove, London Prosthetics Centre client and amputee

·       Mr Shehan Hettiaratchy,  Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust Trauma lead and lead surgeon; consultant plastic, hand and reconstructive surgeon

·       Abdo Haidar, Consultant Prosthetist and Clinical Director of The London Prosthetic Centre

·       Dr Imad Sedki, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital

·       Allyson Ballard, Clinical specialist occupational therapist

·       Dr Ian McCurdie, Consultant in rehabilitation medicine, Remedy Healthcare

·       David Sanderson, Barrister, 12 Kings Bench Walk

·       Deborah Bent, Charity manager – Limbless Association

A buffet lunch and refreshments will be provided.

How to book

To book your place and let us know of any dietary requirements, please email our events team.

How to pay

The cost for the day is £50 (9am start – 5pm finish).

·       Cheque: Send cheque to Hugh Steeper Ltd, Unit 20 Kingsmill Business Park, Chapel Mill Road, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 3GZ

·       Credit card: Call 0208 549 7010

·       BACS:
Sort code: 20-00-00
Account No: 10229652
Account Name: Hugh Steeper Ltd
IBAN No: GB67 BARC 20000010 2296 52Swift No: BARCGB22

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Over recent years, the treatment of cancer has advanced dramatically.  Many forms of cancer now have record survival rates. Nonetheless, further research is needed and awareness of signs and symptoms is still the key to beating breast cancer.

This Breast Cancer Awareness Month Boyes Turner are supporting thousands of organisations worldwide in highlighting the importance of early diagnosis and prompt treatment to give breast cancer sufferers the best chance of a good and long lasting prognosis.

A diagnosis of cancer is always devastating but detection at an early stage and a prompt referral for treatment are critical to a successful outcome.

As clinical negligence specialists we are regularly contacted by people who have experienced a delay in diagnosis of breast cancer leading to an exacerbation of their condition, the need for more invasive treatment, increased pain and disfigurement. Some of our saddest cases have required us to act for the bereaved partners and children of women whose untreated cancer has resulted in premature death.

Sometimes the delay has occurred because a GP fails to consider breast cancer as a diagnosis and suggest a review of ongoing symptoms. In other cases, having suspected breast cancer, the GP or the surgery staff, fail to refer a patient for further investigations.

We have seen cases where a referral to the wrong specialist has taken place, or where there has been an unnecessary delay in arranging tests or treatment, or follow up from an abnormal test result. In some cases incorrect reporting of scans or test results gives false reassurance which in turn leads to further delay.

Recently scientists at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute published results from a genetic study which found that primary breast tumours do not spread until the later stages of the disease. Research findings such as these reinforce the importance of early action as localised tumours are easier and less invasive to treat and offer the patient a better post-treatment long term prognosis.

If you or a member of your family have suffered serious injury as a result of medical negligence on 0800 029 4804 or email mednegclaims@boyesturner.com.

Brighter Future Partner - a year on

Boyes Turner has been proud to support Meningitis Now as a Brighter Future Partner over the last 12 months. The charity is dedicated to fighting meningitis in the UK, supporting the families of those affected and funding vital research into this disease.

Over the past year we have enjoyed finding different ways to raise money to support Meningitis Now’s work, whilst raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of meningitis.

Our first event, in September last year, was the Toddle Waddle  – a sponsored walk for toddlers in Forbury Gardens in Reading.  It was a great success and raised over £700 for the charity and a reminder that these very young members of society are most at risk from the infection. It was great to see so many taking part.

As Christmas approached, the Boyes Turner medical negligence team ran two Christmas wreath making evenings. After the first evening sold out, a second was added and everybody enjoyed making  traditional festive decorations. It was great to see everyone leave with something hand-made that (hopefully) would last the entire festive season.

Then in February of this year, we continued the craft theme, with a ‘Made with Love’ fundraising event for Valentines Day, at which people could make their own Valentines Day card, create Valentine bunting and decorate their own “love mugs”, amongst other crafts.

May Mayhem provided a week of events which included a mobile ice cream trolley touring the office for our staff, a party in the park sports event, a picture quiz and a raffle.  The most sought after prize was the chocolate bouquet!

Solicitor Julie Marsh said:

“We’ve had a fantastic year supporting Meningitis Now. We would like to thank the team of organisers and everybody who has taken part in the fundraising events.”

We appreciate the life changing impact of meningitis has on individuals and their families. Those who survive the condition may experience long term physical effects of sepsis including brain injury and amputation. If you are concerned about the medical care you or a family member has received and would like medical negligence advice please contact our team on 0800 029 4803 or email mednegclaims@boyesturner.com.

Meningitis Research Foundation Awareness Week 18 - 24 September 2017



18 – 24 September 2017 is Meningitis Research Foundation’s Awareness Week, during which the charity ask us all to promote awareness of this life-threatening medical condition.

The aim is to use this opportunity to ensure that people are aware of the signs and symptoms of meningitis, so that they can act fast and save lives. It’s also a great chance to get involved in fundraising to help the Meningitis Research Foundation defeat meningitis and septicaemia.

To help promote awareness, the Boyes Turner medical negligence team will be publishing an informative article every day this week. We will be looking at the symptoms to watch out for, discussing the importance of the vaccine, as well as telling the personal stories of some of the individuals whom we have helped.

Meningitis is a devastating disease which can have tragic consequences. Forewarned is forearmed and our aim is raise awareness of the symptoms and emergency action which can help secure timely treatment which is the key to reducing disability and saving lives.

Meningitis Research Foundation – get involved!

We hope that as many people as possible will take this opportunity to get involved and help make a difference. You can visit the Meningitis Research Foundation’s website here for more information about the fun things you can do to take part. These include having a bake sale, holding a quiz night or holding a  dress in purple day with funky accessories to raise money and awareness!

Whatever you do, don’t forget to share your photos on social media to spread the word using the hashtag #MeningitisAware.

World Sepsis Day

World Sepsis Day is held annually on 13 September in order to increase awareness of this condition which accounts for at least 8 million deaths worldwide per year.  Despite the widespread media coverage, statistics show that as few as 7% of people are aware of sepsis in some countries. With early recognition and treatment, mortality can be reduced by 50%, so raising awareness of sepsis could prevent many needless deaths worldwide.

What is sepsis?

Sepsis is the body’s response to overwhelming and life-threatening infection and can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. In other words, it’s the body’s over-active and toxic response to an infection. The immune system usually works to fight any germs (bacteria, viruses, fungi, or parasites) to prevent infection. However, for reasons medics don’t quite understand, sometimes the immune system stops fighting the “invaders,” and begins to turn on itself. This is the start of sepsis.

People who are at high risk of contracting an infection (such as the very young, the very old, those with chronic illnesses and those with an impaired immune system) are at higher risk of developing sepsis. For more sepsis definitions click here.

What are the symptoms of sepsis?

  • patches of discoloured skin
  • decreased urination
  • changes in mental ability
  • low platelet (blood clotting cells) count
  • problems breathing
  • abnormal heart functions
  • chills due to fall in body temperature
  • unconsciousness

Sepsis can be diagnosed at an early stage with basic tests such as temperature, breathing rate and heart rate. The longer sepsis is allowed to attack the body, the higher the chance of a serious injury or fatal consequences.

The UK Sepsis Trust work continually to raise awareness of sepsis and to improve guidance so that the number of avoidable deaths and other life changing effects, such as limb amputation, can be reduced. As part of our commitment to reduce and alleviate the impact of sepsis, Boyes Turner are supporting the UK Sepsis Trust in raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of the disease and the importance of urgent medical treatment. Our hope is that together we can help bring an end to the suffering caused by this devastating disease.

Boyes Turner’s specialist medical negligence team have dealt with numerous cases where delayed treatment or misdiagnosis of sepsis has led to life changing consequences. Click here to read how we have helped families investigate their concerns about injuries caused by negligent medical treatment of sepsis.

A big thank you!



On behalf of Julie Marsh, Joanne Bayliss and Suzie Walker of Boyes Turner, we would like to say a big “thank you” to everybody who sponsored the team for the Pretty Muddy Challenge for Cancer Research UK, which was completed on the 15 July 2017.

We are pleased to be able to report that the team raised £1,600 for the invaluable work that Cancer Research UK does in funding research into finding a cure for cancer and helping develop policy to inform government decisions related to cancer and research.

With appropriate medical care, many cancers can now be effectively treated and survival rates can be excellent. Even in cases where there is no prospect of a cure, modern treatment has progressed so that for many, symptoms can be held at bay, and quality of life improved. Of course, this all depends on early detection and national screening programmes are in place for some cancers (breast, cervical and bowel) to help with this.

For the most part, the standard of cancer care in the UK is excellent. However for a small minority of patients, things can go badly wrong, perhaps because their GP failed to refer them to a specialist, crucial investigations were not undertaken, or test results were misreported resulting in misdiagnosis.

We are highly experienced in pursuing cancer negligence claims, having acted in a large number of cases, for both adults and children.

Keep on Running:

Julie Marsh is continuing the running theme this summer and is taking part in Parallel London with Elizabeth Legacy of Hope.

You can read more here, and find her sponsorship page here if you would like to donate.

Parallel London 2017

On Sunday 3 September 2017, Parallel London takes place at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This will be the second year the event has taken place. 

Parallel London is a fully accessible fun run and free family festival.

People of all ages and abilities can take part in the races which vary from 10k, 5k, 1k, 100m and there is also a supersensory 1k run. There are no cut-off times, and everybody of every ability will be taking part side by side.

The History

Parallel London is the brainchild of Andrew Douglass, who at last year’s event, told the media:

“… It is surprising that so many disabled people who want to lead more active lives still face so many barriers accessing the facilities to do so. The long term vision for Parallel London is that it will grow into a major annual fixture in the national event calendar that will encourage more active lifestyles and fitness, regardless of ability, create significant new fundraising opportunities for charities of all sizes and positively change public attitudes towards disability and impairment.”

Parallel team

This year, Julie Marsh from Boyes Turner’s Medical Negligence team will be joining a team from the charity Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope, in competing at Parallel London.

Parallel London Elizabeth Legacy of Hope

Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope provide life-changing support for children who have lost their limbs through war, accidents and lack of access to medical care and works predominantly with young amputees in developing countries.

Julie is really pleased to be able to join the team from Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope at Parallel London, and support such a great charity and such an important event and that Jamie Gillespie and Kat from PACE Rehab will also be joining the team.

Parallel London - PACE Rehabilitation

She says:

“I am just hoping that I won’t be asked to run the 10k race! I am really looking forward to exploring the family festival with my husband and two children, and think the sensory 1k race is going to be a hit with them. It is so important that everyone has access to sport and to all society has to offer, no matter whether they are physically or otherwise considered “disabled”. Nobody should be singled out as unable to participate because of a disability.  It’s an important lesson to teach our children, and to remind the world of, and that is what Parallel strives to do.”

If you would like to make a donation in support of the charity, and support Julie’s running efforts please see the fundraising page here.

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