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Thinking of taking on a fundraising challenge for us? Have a look at what some of our other supporters are doing, or get in touch for some suggestions.

Happy 2017 everyone -  the FYF team never stand still for long and we're literally starting the year on fire with our Firewalk this Friday! There is still time to get involved; more information can be found below.

This year we are broadening the range of classes and clubs for our ‘Troopers’ beyond the sporty sessions now already established and growing in numbers. We’re already checking out woodwork, ballroom dancing, upcycling, crafting and art classes and it's only just January!  Combined these activities offer a very nice balance, hopefully appealing to more ‘Troopers’ and providing the opportunity to get involved in new things. HERE is a video which shows some of our clubs in action. Our clubs have proved so popular we are extending beyond Glasgow to reach even more Troopers and have recently set up regular sessions in Dundee. FYF also help our Troopers with practical assistance and provide access to specialist advisors such as helping with getting back in to the workplace and retraining where required.

2016 was a hugely rewarding year for me personally and I'm not referring to the lovely, flattering and very kind awards bestowed on me!  Seeing the result of our groups and clubs and the real people who join us continues to inspire me.  The new amputees ‘finding their feet’ was what I'd hoped for and I've seen a lot of them doing some pretty incredible things.  They are challenging themselves and achieving so much it makes me very proud of what we all do here at FYF, along with your continued help and support. Perhaps more surprising and more moving though is seeing long term amputees, who haven't pushed themselves in many years, doing some tough, some exciting and some hilarious challenges for the first time. In doing so they are finding themselves and their confidence again and that's the best reward I could ask for.  

That's what we do.  That's where your money goes.  Thank you for supporting us. 

Love,
Dr Cor x
FYF FIREWALK
We’d walk over hot coals to help those affected by amputation or limb difference, but would you do the same – literally – to help fundraise for Finding Your Feet?

This Friday we are hosting a sponsored Firewalk at our office at Skypark Glasgow from 5:30pm-8:30pm and we’d love you to join us for this exhilarating and extreme event. More info can be found HERE.

There is a FYF Team comprising Cor and Connie from FYF HQ, Troopers Suzi Harkins, Liz Yesil, Dot Fulton and Andy McIntyre. If you would like to sponsor the team, you can do so HERE.

If you have already signed up to do the Firewalk and would like to buy some FYF merchandise, HERE is a link to our online shop.  You can also purchase FYF merchandise on the evening.
FYF ANNUAL DINNER
We are busily planning a night to remember - more details to follow soon.

Save the date: Thursday 25 May
Venue: Hilton Doubletree, Cambridge Street, Glasgow
To register your interest for a table, please email connie@findingyourfeet.net.
MILLPORT FAMILY FUN'RAISER
Our annual Millport Family Fun'raiser will be on Sunday 11 June on the Isle of Cumbrae. There will be a cycle round the island, plus lots of entertainment for all the family. More information to follow soon, but best to save the date as this is always a day not to be missed!
 
OUR PROSTHETIC PEDALLERS CONQUER DUBAI
Cor mentioned above how proud she is of our Troopers and we all couldn’t be prouder of Becca, Nikki, Hope, Taz and Cor for completing the 92km cycle challenge in Dubai in December.  It was a life changing and humbling experience for everyone involved. There are so many people and companies who helped make this possible. Our thanks to tandem pilots Mitch, Nigel, Charles and Steve, support crew Keir, Bernie and Mike, Mike Lewis Photography, Emile Douaihy, Jon-Allan Butterworth OBE, Peter Winterbottom MBE, Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, CR Smith, Muscle Junction Ltd, GS Associates, Wheels Cycling Centre, Tunnocks, Marine Hotel and all our fundraisers.
 
KIDS XMAS PARTY
 
Santa came to FYF HQ in December when we hosted our annual kids Christmas Party.  We had arts & crafts, a nail bar, Santa’s 'Silly Selfie Centre' and the award winning children’s entertainer, Kidnetick. A brilliant time was had by all - big and small! And we must have been good this year too, because everyone went home with a special present from Santa!  A huge thank you to Kenny Morrison and Ross Cameron who very kindly sponsored the party.
 
FOOT PATROL
We are pleased to announce the launch of our Foot Patrol initiative and would like to express our thanks to Michael Facenna of Allied Vehicles Group for helping us get our Foot Patrol vehicle on the road. Our Foot Patrol will allow us to visit those amputees who aren't able, or ready to join in with all the clubs we hold. This will be the first step to inclusion for them, and such an important one.
FOOTBALL
We would like to say a huge thank you to our corporate supporter Digby Brown for funding our northern fixture of the EAFA Amputee Football league in November. Scotland's only amputee football team, Partick Thistle Amputees, took on Manchester City, Everton and UL Sports Ireland.
As well as the tournament, there were plenty of free activities to keep the kids amused.  Thanks to all the players and supporters who braved the cold, a great day was had by all.
 
ASHURST AND JMA PRESENT TO WESTMARC
Through an amazing amount of fundraising and donations generated by Ashurst and the JMA Trust we were able to purchase a specialised piece of equipment. The TCM400 monitors how quickly wounds heal, allowing for prosthetics to be used sooner.
TINSELDASH
Three of our Troopers, Andrew, Cathy and Martin, along with one of our supporters took on the Trailtroopers Tinsel Dash Obstacle Course Race.
Vanessa Lewis aced the 7k route, while FYF Troopers had a great time completing the 2k route. With only seven full limbs between them, it was no mean ‘feet’!
Well done all.
 
OPERATION FEEL GOOD
Operation Feel Good is a campaign to refurbish the Clinical Psychologist’s counselling room in WestMARC, the rehabilitation centre we work closely with. 

We’d like to turn the room into a place that has the feel of something welcoming and informal, where patients, carers and families can feel relaxed and safe.
Please visit the ‘Operation Feel Good’ section of our
webshop, where you can buy individual items for the room. 

Principal Psychologist Dr Paul McKenzie has given us his shopping list and we’re giving you the opportunity to support the project. Would you like to buy Dr McKenzie’s desk; the window blinds; a toy storage unit or maybe some toys to go in it? Or you can just make a general donation to the campaign. 

Thank you for any contributions to turn a simple room into a place where people can feel good again.



 

LAUNCH OF FYF BLOG

We’ve created this blog as a special place for us to round up our favourite stories, news articles, positive thoughts and key figures throughout history from the wonderful world of amputee and limb difference.

The latest addition was written by FYF's very own Nikki on her recent cycle challenge in Dubai.  You can find out more HERE including when the team met this gorgeous dolphin!

Get Involved......

5x50 Challenge

Thinking of embarking of the next 5x50 Challenge where you can run, walk, jog or cycle 5k every day for 50 consecutive days.  Get fit and help raise funds for FYF at the same time.  More information will be coming soon, the next start date is Sunday 5th March.

KILTWALK

If you fancy taking on the Kiltwalk for FYF, there are four dates coming up; Glasgow on 30 April, Aberdeen on 4 June, Dundee on 20 August and Edinburgh 17 September. Please GET IN TOUCH if you would like info on how we can support your fundraising.

GET YOUR COMPANY ON BOARD

Please consider us if your company is looking for a new charity partner – either as a long term partnership or for a one off fundraiser. Corinne and Connie will be happy to visit your offices to tell Corinne’s inspirational story; to talk about the work that Finding Your Feet does and discuss how your company and its employees can get involved in any capacity with supporting our cause.

SIGN-UP TO THE FYF LOTTERY

By playing the monthly Finding Your Feet Lottery you are helping us support individuals affected by amputation and limb difference whilst also giving yourself the chance of winning a cash prize every month. To enter, GET IN TOUCH to give us your e-mail address and let us know how many numbers you’d like. Or you can download the flyer HERE, to print or pass on to a friends. If you would like us to send you a batch of lottery leaflets to distribute on our behalf, please let us know.

VOLUNTEER WITH US
Do you have some time on your hands and looking for a way you could get involved in volunteering with FYF? We have something for everyone, no matter where your skills lie. Here are just a few examples:
  • handing out refreshments at a cycle event
  • helping people register for an event
  • handing out medals & goody bags
  • being part of a welcome crowd at a finish line
  • blowing up balloons or decorating tables for a dinner event
  • making up goody bags pre-event, in our office
  • spreading the word by handing out leaflets
  • finding shops / businesses who will take a collection tin.
There is so much you can do, and you'll be helping us to support the amputee community - an immensely rewarding way to spend your time.  Please get in touch by emailing Connie if you would like to help us or join our Facebook group for FYF volunteers .
 
NOT ON SOCIAL MEDIA?
The best way to keep up to date with everything we're doing is to follow our Facebook or Twitter pages. However, if you're not keen on social media, all is not lost.  Even without a Facebook account, you can follow us at www.facebook.com/findingyourfeetcharity.  Our website has even more information including news, blog and events - plus we have a dedicated calendar/forum for amputees/people with limb difference when they register with us.
If all that's inspired you to take on your own challenge for Finding Your Feet, please let us know!  We'll support you all the way, and can help with all sorts of things like setting up a fundraising page, merchandise or even ideas if you haven't got that far yet.  E-mail nicola@findingyourfeet.net to get started.
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