Giles Duley, Founder & CEO
Legacy of War Foundation brings both experience in the need for prosthetic support as well as a deep connection with the Syrian Crisis. For over a decade our CEO Giles Duley has been documenting the impact of war on civilians, with a focus on long-term physical injuries. This work has led him to build close relationships with organisations specialised in the care and rehabilitation of war-injured, such as Humanity and Inclusion, ICRC and EMERGENCY (of whom he is a trustee). His work now includes advocacy and policy making with NGO’s.
Duley has also worked with prosthetic companies such as Blatchford’s, on a personal level, to try and provide prosthetic components to war-injured who would otherwise not have access to such components.
That involvement grew when in 2016 he raised £200,000 in partnership with Random Acts to help Syrian families living with disabilities in Lebanon.
This work led to the forming of the charity Legacy of War Foundation which aims to empower individuals to rebuild lives after conflict. As well individual scholarships for children injured by conflict; it is also looking to build sustainable prosthetic and rehabilitation support centres.
In 2011 Duley’s only life was to mirror those who’s stories he’d been telling when he was injured in Afghanistan by an IED. After a year in hospital, he then spent six months in rehabilitation, before returning to work in Afghanistan. His own path was a tricky one with some support denied to him, his case and need for support was in the end decided at Parliamentary level.
Duley vowed that once able, he would fight for other amputees to get the needed support, in the same way his family had fought for him to get his. Since then he has become vocal as a campaigner for the rights of amputees and other war-wounded in getting the support they need after medical care.
In his own words, “there is no point saving a life, if you do not give a life back.”