The Carnegie Comfort range was developed by above-knee amputee, Alasdair Carnegie, who had his left leg amputated in 1963 following an injury while he was serving in the Suez Canal Zone some nine years earlier.
Following amputation he continued to play golf for a short time, but found it a difficult, frustrating and painful process. He felt it was important to keep active, but the pressure sores around the rim of his socket made it heavy going at times. Following a walking break in the Lake District, Alasdair decided to do something about it, and so Carnegie Comfort was born.
Meet the designer
In developing the range of Prosthetic Pressure Pads, he tried a number of pressure relieving systems. These included various gels and man-made padding, but without great success. Instead he returned to first principles sourcing some high density sheepskin from an old friend with a sheepskin business in the Quantock Hills of Somerset. This material proved perfect for the purpose and is used to this day.
Since losing his leg, Alasdair has been very involved with organisations dealing with disability at a local, regional, national and European level. He is a member of BLESMA and the Limbless Association. He retired at 70 and started playing golf again after a 40-year break. With help from the sheepskin rim pads he walked the short 9 hole course and, with a buggy, played the full 18 holes.
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Alasdair's memoir, I LEAPT TO MY FOOT (Half a century on one leg) has just been published and is available from Amazon in paperback at £5.99, a Kindle version is also available.
His editor writes :
"Losing his leg as a result of injuries sustained in military service, Alasdair Carnegie was faced with a life filled with the challenges of disability. In I Leapt to My Foot he looks back over 50 years on one leg, reflecting on his personal progress through the decades, as well as changes in society and prosthetic technology, with humour and optimism. It’s the story of a full life filled with positivity and boundless energy."
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The comfort of sheepskin for lower limb amputees