Written by Samantha Lade, DonateToday
Inspirational Gambian amputee, who turned to football coaching after severe leg break, gifted shirt signed by footballing hero Eden Hazard
Inspirational young amputee, who turned to football coaching after career-ending leg break, gifted signed shirt from footballing hero Eden Hazard
An amputee charity has delighted an inspirational young Gambian by delivering a hand-signed football shirt signed by his footballing hero, Chelsea FC's Eden Hazard.
Legs4Africa returned to Lamin's home in The Gambia to reward his hard work and determination to give back to the local community as a football coach.
The charity had learned on a previous visit that the 23-year-old had been forced to give up playing after suffering a severe, career-ending leg break during a match – which ultimately led to the amputation of Lamin's lower leg.
But although Lamin could no longer play the game he adores, he turned his hand instead to coaching his local team – to give something back to 'the beautiful game'.
Inspired by his positive attitude and unwavering commitment to the sport, Legs4Africa subsequently contacted Chelsea Football Club to tell them of the inspiring young man's tale.
Lamin was then delighted when the charity recently returned with a very special gift donated by Chelsea: a team shirt signed by Eden Hazard, Lamin's favourite footballer.
Legs4Africa – a charity who provide prosthetic legs to those in need in sub-Saharan Africa – had previously replaced Lamin's 'woefully insufficient' £200 leg which he'd received from his local surgery, with a quality prosthetic which has made 'all the difference'.
Lamin received his signed Chelsea FC football shirt
The simple gift of a signed football shirt, however, reflects how Legs4Africa's objectives go far beyond simply providing prosthetics. Legs4Africa Founder Tom Williams, says: 'In countries such as The Gambia, there is very little support for amputees either practically or emotionally.
'We're working to change that with such initiatives as The Gambian Amputee Association, which we set up to be run by amputees for the benefit of amputees.
'We hope that the signed shirt inspires Lamin to go further and someday achieve his dream of coaching his national team,' he finishes.
Legs4Africa undertakes ethical recycling to enable amputees in Africa to walk. Relying on donations, the charity welcomes any used prosthetic legs, no matter the condition.