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Inspirational talk from quadruple amputee

01 April 2011

Ray Edwards MBERay Edwards MBE

Ray Edwards MBE, who has lived with the loss of all four limbs for 23 years, will be speaking to Cardiff healthcare students on Monday, April 4.

Having survived Hodgkin’s Disease, Ray contracted septicaemia, which led to the amputation of all four limbs in 1987.

After weeks of effort, Ray learned to walk again and to use prosthetic upper limbs. He then formed Access Consultants, a company offering advice and help for disabled people and the elderly in adapting their homes. He has also set up Limbcare Limited, a charity which aims to support limb-impaired people all over the world.

Ray said of Limbcare: "This has been a vision of mine since I became an amputee in 1987 and has made me more determined than ever to give something back to society, especially to disabled people, and to offer hope and inspiration through the knowledge I have gained with my own disability. Limbcare’s mission statement says: ‘creating greater independence for all limb-impaired people and helping individuals improve their quality of life, offering empathy not sympathy."

Ray will be talking about his experiences at 12.30pm in the New Lecture Theatre, Michael Griffiths Resource Centre. The talk is hosted by the School of Healthcare Studies and should be of interest to healthcare, medical, nursing, dental and bio-engineering students.