Your little victories are just as important as the big ones…
The chAMPs Award, first introduced in 2019, celebrates achievements big and small within the amputee community. Whether it’s climbing Everest or the mountainous climb out of bed in the morning, it’s awarded based on what the nominees achievement means to them personally and to those around them. The award is UK wide and there’s no age limit or any criteria other than the nominee must be an amputee or have limb absence.
Nominations are open from 1st October 2021 and will close on 31st October 2021. FYF’s 2021 chAMP will be announced mid-November once our judging panel – made up of FYF team members, Trustees and our sponsor – have chosen their winner.
And our winner is…
Barbara Catterson! After a severe car accident, Barbara was in almost constant pain for around three years. This eventually led to her having her leg amputated. She joined the FYF community not long after, and has been an amazing presence ever since. In 2019, Barbara became one of our trained Peer Support Volunteers and started visiting hospitals on our behalf to offer support to new amputees. During the pandemic she has been instrumental in our Phone Visit initiative, reaching out to fellow Troopers who may be struggling and feeling isolated.
Our sponsor and judges, JBD Tritec, had this to say:
“Barbara deserves the chAMPs award because she has helped so many people through such a difficult time AT such a difficult time. She is one of life’s “constants” – Constant derives from Latin verb meaning “to stand with,” so something constant is continually standing with you and not wavering… this meaning is very apt for both Barbara and FYF.”