Sophie's Story


Sophie Harris applied to the SGF after her auntie told her about what our charity does. Sophie decided to amputate her leg after suffering with Talipes arthritis since birth. After multiple operations including physio hydro and a failed ankle fusion, the only chance Sophie had to live a life pain-free would be to amputate. She then became a left leg below the knee amputee on 2/2/17, unfortunately, Sophie then suffered a large infection, this resulted in 3 further surgeries and she was not discharged from hospital until May 2017.

She took up rowing just 3 weeks before her amputation using the sport as an escape from all the issues she had with her leg. In August 2017 she was invited to classify at Caversham for the GB Paralympic rowing team and has since moved onto the development squad.

The SGF Provided Sophie part of the funding for a rowing prosthetic after her application form was granted. Now she can train as much as she can knowing she has the correct prosthetic for the sport she is so passionate about.