Reach : Insights


Reach Charity is proud to present a series of webinars to offer Insights into commonly asked questions. Aimed at our members and the wider public who have, or support those with upper limb differences Reach will be delivering films which can offer insight, advice, and entertainment.
Our speakers and topics cover various areas from advice surrounding Disability Living Allowance, fitness, music, driving, health professionals, careers to parent’s sharing their personal experiences.

All our speakers are happy to be asked questions before, during, if a live Q&A is scheduled, and after the webinar. Please submit your questions for the upcoming topic in the box below.

Coming this week:

Hollie Arnold MBE

Hollie represents Wales in the Commonwealth Games and was the youngest ever field athlete to ever compete in the Paralympics/Olympics, at the age of 14 at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing throwing a personal best. Hollie also threw a personal best in 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, winning a gold medal in the F46 javelin in the 2016 Summer Paralympics at Rio, also throwing a new world record at the same time.

In 2018, she became the first ever Javelin thrower in history to hold all four major titles in the same Paralympic/Olympic 4-year cycle: Rio Paralympics and world record 2016, London World Championships and world record 2017, Berlin European Championships and course record 2018 and Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and world record 2018. She also holds four consecutive world titles: 2013 Lyon, 2015 Doha, 2017 London, and 2019 Dubai.Hollie was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to field athletics. Facing a new challenge in November 2020, Hollie joined the cast of I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out, The Castle

Representing GB in Tokyo at the Paralympic games 2021, join Hollie and hear all about her successes, achievements, training and hopes for the 16th Summer Paralympics


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Navdeep parent of Reach child Arjan

Hi I’d like my son aged 3 to have a chance at taking part- how can I get involved?


Why is adaptation difficult for hands?


Hi Ruth, our 2 year old is scheduled to have pollicisation on his left hand (missing complete thumb) within the next couple of months, we have always been pro surgery but as its getting closer we have doubts and are very worried about him losing function. We trust our surgeon and he is as experienced as any, in your experience of this procedure do you think overall function is improved? And patients and families are happy with the outcome? We trust his surgeon who is as experienced as any.

For reference, my son has a very strong left pointer finger, it has an extra blood vessel than usual (so I’m told although that means little to me), he has type 3/4 hypoplasia on his right thumb, he has opposition but the top 2 joints will be fused, so his right is also weaker than a standard issue thumb.

Do you have any advice for parents struggling to make the decision?

This project has been funded by the CAF RESILIENCE FUND