A Harpenden woman’s passionate campaign has meant funding for children’s prosthetics has been included in this year’s Budget.

The founder of charity Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope, Sarah Hope from Harpenden, is thrilled the chancellor George Osborne had included a provision for new sports prosthetics for child amputees on the NHS through a £1.5 million National Health Service programme.

A third of the money will go directly towards prosthetics while £1 million will be spent on helping the NHS develop a new generation of prosthetics, potentially including such exciting technologies as 3D printing.

Mr Osborne included the provision after a campaign by Ms Hope whose daughter Pollyanna lost her right leg below the knee when she was two years old.

In 2007 she was hit by a bus while she was on a pavement in south London.

The same incident left Ms Hope badly injured and cost the life of Ms Hope’s mum Elizabeth.

Ever since, Ms Hope has fought relentlessly for the rights and needs of child amputees at home and abroad by founding Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope, which provides limbs for children in less developed countries.

In the UK, Ms Hope campaigned for children like her daughter Pollyanna who face obstacles living an active life, as the NHS only provides walking limbs but not sports prosthetics.

Ms Hope said: “Life is hard enough for any amputee, but as a child amputee Pollyanna has also had to deal with regular bone trimming operations and blistering on her stump, which make it impossible to walk.

“Not providing a limb that allow her to run, jump and dance just seemed like another injustice.

“In the wake of the 2012 Summer Paralympics, ministers were keen to boast about building on the games’ legacy.

“Yet how can young amputee children possibly emulate the heroic track exploits of the likes of Jonnie Peacock if they are not given blades to run on?

“Running and jumping are second nature to any child, including amputees. But despite their hunger and desperation to compete, they just can’t.”

This is why Ms Hope approached Mr Osborne with a campaign to help Pollyanna and the estimated 2,500 child amputees living in the UK.

On Thursday, March 17, her campaigning paid off as Mr Osborne said: “I have been very moved by Sarah Hope’s campaign. She got in touch with me and explained her family’s story and the problems Pollyanna and too many children like her had experienced.

“I am determined that we do all we can to ensure children who have lost a limb experience full and active lives.

“So though the NHS, we are going to give “1.5 million for new prosthetics to help amputee children run and jump when otherwise they have not been able to and build on the 2012 Paralympics legacy.

“This is all down to Sarah’s initiative. I’m really pleased to be able to say that her campaigning has come off.”

Ms Hope said she was very proud to have played a role and was grateful to Mr Osborne.

But she also highlighted the need to make sure that the availability of activity limbs on the NHS was improved long term.