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Are you an Amputee living in Derby? Join the club!

Added: 16 February 2011

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Derby Amputee Club is a social group for amputees, their families, carers and friends. Here is a bit about who they are and what they do written by one of its members Ruth Parker.

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We usually have 12 – 16 people at our meetings, which are held in Derby on the third Tuesday of each month, and you'll find us all friendly and welcoming if you want to come along.

At most of our meetings we listen to a speaker, sometimes talking about aspects of disability - Sue and Frank Napper (of DHI) gave us an interesting evening on holidays for disabled people. We have also heard an inspirational ex-soldier who has been a double amputee since a bomb attack in Northern Ireland, and now travels the world helping other injured soldiers take part in sports like skiing and paragliding. We’ve had many other talks including Chinese medicine and acupuncture, a local auctioneer who spoke about his work and then valued things we had brought with us, and a member of the ‘Magic Circle’ who told us the history of clowns whilst putting on her clown make-up.
 
We all enjoy meeting up for meals at a disabled-friendly pub or restaurant. We’ve tried Chinese, Thai and Indian as well as the usual pub meals. Our next dinner date will be at a local Toby Carvery. We also enjoy days out together, In nearby Loughborough there is a steam railway which has a whole carriage which is wheelchair accessible and you can even be served with a three course meal or, as we did, indulge in a cream tea with delicious scones and jam. Loughborough also has a wheelchair accessible canal boat run by the Peter Le Marchant Trust and on a gloriously sunny day last May we had a wonderful time enjoying the beauty of the countryside with a stop on the way for a pub lunch too. There is a wheelchair lift so people who preferred to stay out of the sun could sit in the cabin.
 
The best day ever was spent learning to fly a Piper Cherokee aircraft with an instructor from the British Disabled Flying Association. Yes, we actually took the controls and flew the plane – fantastic!
That’s me in the photograph sliding down the aircraft’s wing after my first flight.
 
 There’s a lot more to see on our website including DAC’s 2011 Diary of Events.
 
www.derbyamputeeclub.org.uk