After my injury I got given a very nice leg. Well, when I say 'very nice', what I really mean is that I could walk on it and it didn't resemble (too closely) something related by blood to Frankenstein! I was never that happy with it so I moaned. And moaned. Then I had another moan, followed by a bit of another one. Finally, after lots of moaning, I got told I was going to get a new leg. The day dawned when I was to go to the hospital to see my new leg and to get it fitted and sorted out. I'd seen pictures of it in advance and had great hopes for it. I arrived at the hospital and checked in. The woman came out and I had this feeling that she'd looked at me a bit quizically, but I passed that off as paranoia. She beckoned me into the room and in I went and sat down. She went off to get it. She came back and ... It was a black leg! To be honest, it was a jolly nice leg but would have looked extremely strange on me! Possibly I could have explained it by claiming gangrene but I doubt anyone would have fallen for that! The leg was taken away and I was promised another (more appropriate) one shortly. Four months later it still hadn't arrived. (It did arrive eventually, after about 7 months). In the end I decided to buy my own. And there begins my ongoing saga of legs... The ones I bought were 'sports legs'. You have to buy two really, just in case one breaks and you need a stand-in (pun intended! ) The great thing about buying your own is that you can REALLY be fussy about what you want, you can complain all you want, you can demand this and that etc. Expensive, but worth it. However, something has been bothering me about it. I am lucky, I am in a fairly reasonable financial position such that I could afford to buy my own. I know of many amputees (some colleagues who I know personally, others I don't know but still ex-forces) who really CAN'T afford to buy expensive state-of-the-art legs. I've been wondering about setting up some sort of charity with the specific and sole aim of funding those who don't have the financial means, to buy the legs/arms which they really want. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't like to claim that I didn't get a decent leg offered to me free-of-charge, I did. But it just wasn't the leg I really wanted. When you lose a limb, it becomes very important that the prosthetic is something you feel really comfortable with (not just physically but also emotionally). Probably, to those of you with all limbs intact, this might seem totally unnecessary, after all, so long as we get a leg surely that should be good enough? I would argue that it's not. There are a few charities who deal with amputees in general but I was thinking about one especially for ex-forces. I have spoken to the Charities Commission and there definitely isn't any currently registered charity doing such work. I would have to put up some initial funds in order to get it registered but I'm perfectly prepared to do that (it's £5,000 that I have to put up in the first instance before I can apply for charitable status). I would call it something like 'Stand Together' - (there is already a charity called 'A leg to stand on'! which caters to a different group of people.) The International Wheelchair & Amputee Sports Federation have offered to help me to find suppliers who would do special deals for such a charity. Anyone have any views on this?