Brian lost his leg when he was 11 years old due to a tumour in his knee. In 2015 he started playing amputee football with Everton amputees and gained a new found confidence. In early 2016 he and the Everton players organised a taster session at Annan Athletic where they met Cor, and some of team FYF and from this, they pushed the game further in Scotland in partnership with the Partick Thistle foundation. Brian has since gone on to Captain Partick Thistle and Scotland in competitive games, travelling to Ireland, Holland and Italy to play for Scotland. He has been married for 27 years to Valerie who has also recently become a Below Knee Amputee and Brian says with his experience he will help her as much as possible to regain her strength and walk again.
Martin Perry is from Paisley, 24 years old, and was born with one limb. No hands and almost half of his left leg were missing at birth. The condition is known as congenital limb loss/deformity. He has been active and sporty his entire life and played a variety of sports including football, basketball, rugby and athletics before finding table tennis. After being inspired by the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Martin made the decision to give everything he had to the sport. He is now living and training in Sheffield aiming to represent Paralympics GB at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Hope Gordon was diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) following years of pain in her left leg. When the leg stopped working and started restricting her sport ambitions, Hope courageously crowdfunded for surgery and had the leg amputated in 2016. Hope was a member of the Scottish swimming team from 2010 until 2018, competing at national and international level competitions. She went on to try canoeing and was then invited to train full time with the GB para canoe team. She decided to call it a day on competitive swimming and relocated to Nottingham to commit 100% to Paracanoe and hopes to take the sport as far as she possibly can. In 2018 Hope graduated with a 2.1 Honours degree in Sport and Exercise Science from Edinburgh Napier University.
Davy is Cor’s older brother and was instrumental in both her recovery and setting up the charity. Having been by Cor’s side throughout her journey, supporting amputees is extremely close to his heart. Davy works with some of the Finding Your Feet Troopers on personal development and is heavily involved in the growth of the charity.
BDS (Glasg.), MSc (Dent Sci), MJDF (RCS Eng)
Chas is a partner in a family dental practice in Port Glasgow and has known Cor and her family since playing rugby for the Glasgow Hawks RFC with Cor’s brother Scott.
Chas was inspired to help FYF after being amazed at Cor’s resilience in the face of her adversity following her quadruple amputation in 2013. He became a Trustee when the charity was founded, and has been overwhelmed by the way Cor has used her circumstances to effect positive change in the way amputees are viewed by society.
Scott is Cor’s younger brother and partner in a top international legal company based in Dubai. He moved to Dubai in 2005, where he lives with his wife and two sons. Scott played rugby for GHK and Glasgow Hawks and captained the Hawks for the 2000 – 2001 season. He also captained Old Belvedere in Ireland, Dubai Exiles and represented the Barbarians.
Scott was in Dubai when Cor was admitted to the hospital. After a call from Davy, Scott took the first flight to Glasgow when it was thought that the doctors were keeping Corinne alive long enough for her little brother to say goodbye. Fortunately, by the time that flight landed, the ECMO team had worked a miracle and Cor was on the long road to recovery. Scott takes inspiration from the work his sister and her charity carry out on a daily basis, and helps by spreading the word overseas as well as providing invaluable legal advice.
Angela J Higgins Bsc
Angela is Director of Resonance Capital, a niche asset management business company in Glasgow and is on the brain trust for TEDxGlasgow talks.
Angela met Cor through a friend and was blown away by her positivity and drive to help others whilst facing adversity herself. Angela started organising fundraisers but quickly found herself wanting to do more as she saw the reach of FYF and how much we were encouraging amputees out of isolation. This was an area Angela found especially appealing as the mental health side of physical challenges is often overlooked. She was delighted to be invited to join the Board of Trustees and finds working with the team of staff and amputees incredibly rewarding.
As well as being there with great business advice, Angela has provided Finding Your Feet with a HQ for the past 5 years. Skypark has been an excellent home for the charity and has contributed with fundraising, awareness and events.
Jan is a Broadcast Account Director for a Media Buying & Planning Agency.
She became involved with FYF after meeting Cor at WestMARC (the prosthetic & rehabilitation centre for the West of Scotland). One of Jan’s twin daughters had complications at birth which resulted in her losing one of her feet. Along with her husband David, Jan had been looking for a support group but not had any luck until they discovered FYF. Thankful for the support and encouragement FYF provides the whole family, Jan was keen to become involved with us and offer her own support as a Trustee.
As well as constantly spreading the word about our services, Jan is the admin on some of our Facebook support groups for amputees. Her daughter, Keeley, is a Junior Trooper superstar and a regular at our swimming club.
Rhona is the owner of The ER Network Ltd, a financial services company founded in 2006 and headquartered in Glasgow. Rhona worked with Corinne approximately 30 years ago. She contacted Cor after reading her story in the local press and was struck by how positive and inspiring she was. She started to fundraise on behalf of FYF shortly after and is delighted to be invited to join them as a Trustee.
Rhona has worked with the FYF team to provide valuable financial advice and she has given her time by volunteering at Ampu-Teas, allowing her to get to know the Troopers. She’s also Queen of the donation tin, currently topping our totals leaderboard!
Cor lost her hands and feet to sepsis back in 2013 and set up our charity to offer peer support to amputees in all stages of their life and journey. She can be found spreading the word about FYF and visiting new Troopers. Cor also meets with health, education and NHS personnel, and is a motivational speaker. Despite being a triathlete and world record holder, when it comes to making tea or coffee she’s quick to play the ‘amputee’ card…
Nic keeps everything running at Finding Your Feet – the team regularly receive emails from her at 4 am… She’s in charge of strategic planning, oversees the day-to-day running of our charity and is the point of contact for initial enquiries. The only time she stops working is to have a laughing fit at her favourite joke: “What’s Cor short for? Cos she’s got no legs!”
Kerr handles the marketing, PR and design for the charity. He spends a lot of his time photographing and videoing the amputees we work with and telling their inspirational stories. Despite almost always being dressed in grey, he’s actually a very cheery person… mostly. He also wrote these bios so the rest of the team currently aren’t speaking to him.
Connie is the first point of contact for corporate partners, she also deals with grants and funding. She’s super organised, always on top of things and puts on a fundraising event like no other! She’s always up for a bit of nonsense, as long as a risk assessment has been carried out and approved. We call her Mrs Health and Safety.
Nikki began volunteering with Finding Your Feet when she lost her leg below the knee, but she has since grown to be an invaluable member of staff. She co-ordinates all of our fundraisers and volunteers, and organises some of our Glasgow Trooper Clubs & fundraising events. She loves Daim bars but she won’t share them with anyone, not even Meg. Meg is her leg. Yes, that’s right… she named her prosthetic leg.
Les is a below-knee amputee who volunteered for the charity before coming onboard in 2017. She’s based in Fife, but she coordinates our Dundee, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Inverness and Leeds Troopers and Clubs as well! She’s also the one that keeps our website all shiny and up to date. When she’s not working on that, she’s kept busy having to explain her Fife slang to the rest of the group. Who is this Ken she always speaks of?
After benefitting from Finding Your Feet’s support, Paul came onboard in 2018 as a valuable member of the office team. He’s a double above knee amputee, and regularly joins Cor at school visits and events to share his story and spread the word about us. He’s right into his music and doesn’t hide the fact that he thinks the songs that the rest of us like are terrible. Don’t mention Atomic Kitten.
After years of fundraising for the charity, Cindy came onboard to handle Trooper contact and admin support. Cindy is an above knee amputee who always looks on the bright side, making her the perfect person to introduce amputees to Finding Your Feet. She organises all the travel we provide for amputees to and from our clubs, and regularly wakes up in the middle of the night shouting “TAXI!”
Michele came onboard following a fundraising campaign for the charity to have an in-house Counsellor. Since then, she has added a whole new dimension to Finding Your Feet, providing invaluable emotional support to the amputees we work with. She’s always smiling and so positive, but we’re secretly nervous that she’s analysing us… Just kidding!
New year, new team member! The fantastic Fiona joined Finding Your Feet in January 2019 to provide some vital admin support. She’s now part of the group who make sure everything in the office runs smoothly. We’re acting normal around her for now, but she’ll soon learn how weird and wonderful we all are…
Dennis The Dog
Dennis has three legs. It doesn’t stop him from running, jumping, swimming or just generally being the best thing ever, which is why he is the official FYF mascot! Woof!