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.
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. You can clearly see him laughing at his own jokes in that picture.
Connie is FYF’s Grants & Policies officer and our Deputy Safeguarding Officer. If she’s not applying for vital funding, she’s putting everything in place to make sure our charity is operating the way it should be! She’s super organised, always on top of things and, once upon a time, put on a Bionic Bash 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 clubs, fundraisers and volunteers, making sure amputees are getting access to a range of amazing activities and support. She loves Daim bars but she won’t share them with anyone, not even Meg. Meg is her leg. Yeah she named her prosthetic leg – what’s strange about that?
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, Fife, 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 officially joined the team in 2018. He’s a double above knee amputee and uses his experience to talk at schools, business and events. When he’s not out spreading the word, he’s one half of the FYF marketing department, handling social media and design. He’s right into his tunes and doesn’t hide the fact that he thinks the songs that the rest of us like are terrible even though it’s widely agreed he has the worst taste in music…
After benefitting from the charity then volunteering as a peer supporter, Simon joined our team to handle all Trooper contact. He’s a below-knee amputee and a joy to chat to, making him the perfect first point of contact for all amputees. There’s nobody better to reach out to amputees looking for the next step of their journey, walking them through all the clubs and support we have to offer. Now, we usually end these bios by poking fun at people’s expense, but 2020 has been a tough year for everyone so we decided not to this time. We decided not to point out that his beloved Aberdeen FC haven’t won the league in 35 years, and don’t look like they’re going to anytime soon. Pointing that out would be cruel. Be nice everybody.
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, although we’re secretly nervous that she’s analysing us… Just kidding… But not really.
The fantastic Fiona joined Finding Your Feet in January 2019. She was over shadowed a touch considering she started the day before Cor received a landmark double hand transplant which will go down in history. Now she’s making her mark handling business development and finances. We have big plans over the next five years and Fi will be making sure they’re feasible… or should we say Fi-sable?! Get it?! Do you?!
Eilish came on board on an internship in 2019, right before the Covid pandemic hit – which meant we barely had a chance to say hi before we said goodbye. Thankfully we managed to bring her back as part of the team in 2021 to help with fundraising events and admin. She’s already planning some brilliant fundraisers for the future, so get ready to be roped in to them… In other news, she’s a bit obsessed with Harry Potter. She’s one of those people who are convinced they are a Gryffindor. We don’t have the heart to tell her she’s a classic Hufflepuff.
Dawn is our Wellbeing Officer and came on board in 2021 to fulfil that much needed support role alongside Counsellor Michele’s very busy schedule. Dawn is also our main Safeguarding contact and has been working in emotional support roles for over 20 years now which makes her a perfect addition to the team. She brings brilliant ideas to the table about new ways to provide support for the FYF Troopers. We’re already seeing how lucky we are to have her but we can’t let her know she’s too good for us… shhhh!
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!