We’re a small team here at FYF, with just one full-time staff member and 9 part-timers, each as dedicated as the last and undertaking many more hours than they’re paid for. Read on to find out who we are and what we do.

Callum Deboys

Callum Deboys, 26 from Prestwick in Scotland. A motorcycle crash that resulted in the loss of his leg would change his life forever. Originally a chef working at the prestigious Trump Turnberry hotel, Callum has always had a drive to prove himself. Back in 2017, his life was to change forever after a horrific motorcycle accident that would result in him having to have his leg amputated.

For many this would be the end, the start of a downward spiral but not for Callum, he saw it not only as a blessing but an opportunity. This opportunity would go on to see him represent Great Britain at the 2022 Beijing Winter Paralympics to become the youngest British Para Nordic skier.

“Challenge yourself – it’s the only path which leads to growth.” – Morgan Freeman

This is a good quote to introduce his most recent adventure, one that for a while he never thought would be possible. When given the opportunity to compete in a Gordon Ramsay cooking competition, most would shy away with fear, but not Callum. After the loss of his leg, he thought it would be too difficult to work in a professional kitchen due to the amount of standing and walking required. The long hours and physical demands on his legs would be too much, but he saw this as a way to test his abilities in the kitchen once again and he jumped at the opportunity to grow.

“My accident has taught me a lot of valuable life lessons – we have to go through tough times to grow and flourish. We have to seek opportunity – it doesn’t come to those who sit and wait.”

Check out Callum’s first blog about how his training has been through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Christine Skinner

Christine Skinner is a retired Senior Lecturer in Podiatry. Her career spanned a number of years at Glasgow Caledonian University where she led programmes in Podiatry at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Her teaching and research interests focused on Diabetic Foot Disease where her key achievements included lead involvement in establishing the Scotland’s first multi-disciplinary Diabetic Foot Clinic at (the now) Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Glasgow as well as numerous research and consultancy projects for educational institutions and the World Health Organisation across the Middle East and Asia.

Christine maintains an active interest in her medical field and has continued her involvement with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow where she has held a number of offices during her career. In testament to her standing and commitment Christine was elected Dean Elect to the Faculty in 2019 and in June 2020 she took on the prestigious role of Dean which she held until May 2023.

Christine has volunteered for the charity for many years. She has worked with Troopers both individually and in a group setting to provide advice on foot care and Podiatry in general. Her wealth of contacts and expertise in a medical field with clear links to amputees is hugely beneficial for the charity, and she is a guiding voice on our medical related campaigns and initiatives, as well as our bank signatory. On top of that, Christine makes a weekly appearance at our Ampu-Teas sessions, helping out with teas, coffees and home baking as well as spending valuable time with the FYF Troopers.