Funding boost for Renfrewshire amputee charity

Paisley amputee charity Finding Your Feet has been given a welcome £1,000 cash boost to help support its online
Ampu-Teas support group.

Housebuilder Mactaggart & Mickel donated the cash as part of its Building Communities Fund.

Quadruple amputee Cor Hutton founded the charity in 2014 to help families affected by amputation or absent limbs, focusing on helping to get amputees out of isolation and involved in the social, physical and emotional support programmes they offer.

The annual fund makes awards as part of the company’s efforts to help organisations and projects which enhance the lives of people within their local communities.

Joanne Casey, director at Mactaggart & Mickel, said: “We have always cared deeply about the people in our communities where we want to make a positive difference.

“We are thrilled to be able to help charities local to our developments, like Finding Your Feet, who are just seven miles away from our recently-completed development Midton”

“We are committed to helping organisations and projects that benefit people’s lives and this is just one of the charities we have been able to make a donation to as part of the Building Communities Fund.”

Finding Your Feet was set up by Cor when she became a quadruple amputee as a result of sepsis.

During recovery Cor noticed a lack of peer support and felt extremely isolated.

Now in its sixth year, the charity helps over 800 people across Scotland through social, physical and emotional support programmes, with 70 per cent of activities held in Renfrewshire.

Lochwinnoch mum Cor, who recently celebrated the second anniversary of a double hand transplant, said: “Ampu-teas was created to offer a support group for amputees in Renfrewshire and is one of the main social support groups we run.

“Due to the pandemic we had to move our services online, and because of the increased isolation, they were more vital than ever.

“Alongside our virtual fitness classes and mental health services, we have run 89 online Ampu-teas meet ups.

“They give amputees from all over the country a chance to chat, have a laugh and share tips for getting through what has been an incredibly tough time.”

She added: “With the support, we were able to continue this over the holiday period, which can be a particularly tough time for some, and into the new year.

“We are entirely self-financed, with no government funding, and the only support group for amputees in the
area.

“Numbers are quickly rising as we receive five referrals weekly from hospitals and community sources, so the support from Mactaggart & Mickel is extremely welcome.”

Daily Record – Paisley