Finding Your Feet support families affected by amputation or limb absence, through a range of sporting initiatives and social inclusion projects designed to positively affect both physical and mental wellbeing…
Our charity was set up by Cor Hutton in 2014 after she lost her hands and legs below the knee to sepsis the year before. Recognising a need for peer support within the amputee community, she started a small group which has grown to a network of over 800 in just six years. Cor leads by example – she has completed the London Triathlon and was the first female quadruple amputee to climb Ben Nevis and Mount Kilimanjaro.
Finding Your Feet has a strong impact on the community because of our positive and encouraging outlook, which stems from and mirrors Cor’s attitude. We promote achievement and success in the amputee community, both big and small, and provide opportunities for our Troopers (amputees) to engage in activities which challenge their expectations of themselves and those that others may have of them. We encourage adventure and challenge as well as support and a feeling of safety…
We run clubs around Glasgow, Ayrshire, Dundee, Fife, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness and now newly added, Lanarkshire! These include Swimming, Skiing, Climbing, Gardening, Crafting, Pilates, Singing, Fitness and our most popular ‘Ampu-teas’ session where our ‘Troopers’ meet up for a coffee and chat. We have an in-house Counsellor and an online support forum which offers 24/7 peer support for amputees around the UK and beyond. All of the activities that we offer are free of charge.
After only 6 years, FYF is now the country’s leading amputee charity. We have fantastic relationships with the NHS, local councils and the Scottish Government, with many more exciting projects in the pipeline. Cor has attended Downing Street to meet with the then Prime Minister, as well as attending successive First Minister summons. Cor and Trooper Stephen have also been on a videocall with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge after FYF received vital funding from the National Emergency Trust.
In addition to supporting the amputee community, we also address issues facing the wider population, such as sepsis, organ donation, diabetes, mental health and body dysmorphia. Our sepsis campaign in association with the Scottish Government raised awareness of the infection by 77% – it’s safe to say that this campaign has saved many lives. We visit schools & businesses across the country to raise awareness of disabilities, promote inclusivity and encourage accessibility.
We have big ambitions for how to improve the lives of the amputee community and some exciting ideas for the future of prosthetics, but we’re only a small team, so are relying on both corporate and individual supporters and volunteers to help us achieve them. Please get in touch to find out how you can help us support our Troopers.
If you’re an amputee, please click here and register to become an FYF Trooper giving you access to our calendar of clubs and loads more information in the private sections of our website.
Check out the fantastic pupils from St Margaret’s Primary telling the story of Cor and Finding Your Feet below.