Kiera Roche, from LimbPower, known for her work of improving the lives of individuals with an amputation or limb difference was announced as one of the most influential people with a disability in the UK at a reception at the House of Lords on Tuesday 8 October. Kiera couldn’t attend the reception as she was leading a group of amputees to the summit of Kilimanjaro.
The Shaw Trust Disability Power List 100 is a publication of the 100 most influential disabled people in the UK. The Disability Power List 100 is compiled by an independent judging panel, chaired by Kate Nash OBE. Kate is the world’s leading authority in ‘Networkology’ – the science behind the growth of workplace networks. In 2007 she was awarded an OBE for services to disabled people. In 2013 she was appointed Ambassador to Disability Rights UK.
Kiera founded LimbPower in 2009 to support people with limb loss and limb difference to take part in sports, physical activity and the arts to aid their physical, psychological and social rehabilitation. In 2014 she oversaw LimbPower’s qualification as a National Disability Sports Organisation. LimbPower runs workshops and events to increase confidence and build a community to help people get back to activity. LimbPower also provide expertise to people with limb difference as well as families, health workers, lawyers and more to ensure people have the information and adaptations they need. Kiera and her team have created over 40 resources for people with limb difference and their families.
Kiera Roche said: “It is an honour to be recognised for the work we do to support our community, especially to be recognised by other people with a disability who are doing such incredible and important work to improve the lives of disabled people. By sharing research, information, best practice and campaigns we can work together to make important and necessary changes.”