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Cambridgeshire dad writes book to educate children about amputees

Leigh and his wife Emma want the book to support families where a member has lost a limb. Credit: ITV Anglia News

A Dad from Isleham in Cambridgeshire who lost his leg eleven years ago has written a book to educate children about amputees and disabilities.

Leigh Joy-Staines came up with the idea to help answer the many questions his children were getting from friends about his leg, which he lost when he was 20 after an operation on his foot went wrong.

Leigh and his wife Emma looked for a book to help explain and when they couldn't find one, they wrote it themselves.

Leigh Joy-Staines lost his leg at aged 20. Credit: ITV Anglia News

'A Day Out With Speedy' tells the true story of a family adventure at a theme park with Leigh and his mobility scooter.

The book is aimed at children aged four to six, particularly those who have an amputee relative.

It's hoped more literature will be published telling children the stories of other amputees. They want it to support families where a member has lost a limb.

Leigh and Emma want children to grow up knowing that it doesn't make any real difference to who they are inside. Credit: ITV Anglia News

Leigh and Emma want children to grow up knowing that it doesn't make any real difference to who they are inside.

The book is the first in a series and is based on real stories from their Bury St Edmunds charity Steel Bones.

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