New funding announced to provide sports prosthetics for children

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The government has pledged to provide an additional GBP 1.5 million to help more British children with disabilities receive the latest sports prosthetics.

This represents the latest stage of a Department of Health and Social Care fund that has helped 220 disabled children since its launch in March 2016. It has now been confirmed that the support programme will continue for two more years.

“The government has allocated additional funding to pay for sports prosthetics for children with disabilities.“

Children who have suffered limb loss or who were born with a limb deficiency will be able to benefit from prosthetics such as running blades, while the money will also be used to support research and innovation to improve prosthetic technology.

This will allow children to take part in school and community activities, allowing them to feel less excluded and participate in the same games and events as their friends.

Caroline Dinenage, minister of state for care, said: "Hundreds have already benefited from the fund, and this additional investment will now help us to open up even more possibilities for children with limb loss, and hopefully ignite in them a lifelong passion for sport."

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