LEGS was founded by Annys Fairweather in 2016. Annys, as the Charity’s Founder, leads the board as Chair and currently fulfils the role of chief executive, in a voluntary capacity. Annys is a figurehead for the charity and provides leadership and direction to the team according to the vision, mission and values of LEGS and ensures the decisions of the board are implemented. Annys’ ability to bring about meaningful change was recognised at the Kensington and Chelsea Business Awards in 2018 where she was awarded Young Entrepreneur of the Year and the LEGS was Commended in the Best Charity or Social Enterprise category.
Annys drives the vision of LEGS, supports the team to deliver it and has developed an extensive professional network that is critical to LEGS success. She has established connections with many charities which helps support LEGS’ strategy and development.
Our vision is that every person living with a neurological condition has access to affordable, long term exercise and physical activity options. We want to remove barriers to participation in community activities and exercises and enable everyone, regardless of their level of disability, address or financial means, to enjoy the many benefits of exercise and physical activity from improved physical function and independence to enhanced social participation and mental well being.
We know that recovery takes place over many years following a stroke and that long term, sustainable physical activity habits bring huge benefits to those with neurological conditions. We want people to be able to access our rehabilitation and exercise programmes on a long term basis, until they are ready to take up other forms of physical activity or return to previous activities. We want to offer the sessions that suit demand, rather than limit sessions to an arbitrary number when people would still benefit, or are not ready to move on.
What makes us different
We are physiotherapist led, which enables us to accept self referral and remove many barriers to attendance and to use our person centred skills to facilitate supported transition from NHS services to community participation. We are proud of our clinical expertise and ability to offer the holistic support that people find reassuring in managing their long-term conditions. Through our experience of multi-disciplinary working, we are skilled and respectful at forging partnerships with other health and exercise professionals.