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Greetings foot soldiers!  Just a wee update to tell what we've been doing, what we're planning and who we're helping with your donations. It feels so positive to think you've improved the difficult lives of some people who's legs have been swept from under them, usually through no fault of their own.  
Talking of legs........check out the new, frighteningly real looking pins! They even have wee wrinkles at the ankles and pinky tones at the sole.  Very clever Dorset Orthopedics made them for me and they're sponsoring an award at our Crowne Plaza night in September.  
They arrived just as I reached my 2 year anniversary of taking ill which was quite emotional and thought provoking. To everyone who helped me through my shocking time, it is a chance to say 'thank you' again and never to forget what we all went through and how lucky we are to have survived it.  Consider only briefly though, as I want to look forward through the windscreen and not backwards through the rear view mirror, as my brother would say. Let's just be grateful and be the best that we can be. 
 
Thanks for supporting me and FYF.  
 
Cor x 

If you're up for one charity challenge this year ..... RIDE ARRAN

We’re excited to announce that entries are now open for our Ride Arran 2015 Charity Challenge event on 1 August – a 90km circumnavigation of the Isle of Arran.
This year, for the first time, we’re including the option of a three-part relay so that those who do not wish to tackle the full distance can split it up as a team. 
Individual entry fee is £50; or £60 for a relay team of three. We are also asking entrants to undertake minimum sponsorship of £50 - and those who raise this (or more) will receive a FYF 2015 cycling top.
Entry includes a drink and something to eat from the BBQ; a goody bag, t-shirt and medal for finishers; and entry to a prize draw with the chance to win a bike worth £300. We are hugely grateful to our sponsors Q-bikes and FuelLocker for supporting this event, and to Cami from verkoop.co.uk for designing our awesome Ride Arran logo.  So get entering! 
http://www.entrycentral.com/findingyourfeetridearran
After the astonishing success of our inaugural fundraising dinner last year, we are delighted to announce that this year's highly lauded event will return on Thursday 24 September at Glasgow's Crowne Plaza. Tables are already selling fast and only two award sponsorship opportunities remain!

The Hollywood themed evening will provide the opportunity to hear from some of the brave and inspirational individuals that Finding Your Feet has helped. Add that to a mix of glamour, live music, celebrity speakers, gourmet food, emotion and fun and you have the perfect evening for clients, colleagues and friends. Guests will even have the opportunity to enjoy an exclusive preview of our Hollywood Hands exhibition, showcasing the best hand and footprints donated by celebrity stars of sport and screen in support of our cause. With attendance from the who's who of the Scottish business social scene and a jam-packed evening of top class entertainment, it looks set to be the hottest ticket in town.

Tables of 10 are £600 or individual tickets are £65 and bookings can be made via this link.  A brief section of the evening will include recognising inspirational individuals with an award, for which sponsorship opportunities are available. More details are available from Ashley at ashley@findingyourfeet.net / 07885 262341.

 

She's a Record Breaker!

Corinne made record history last month when she cycled the fastest 10km ever traveled on a quadricycle. At her side in the Guinness World Record attempt, finishing a time of 44 minutes was footy hero and former Dundee United striker Andy McLaren. Also braving the unpredictable Scottish elements alongside Corinne and Andy on the island of Cumbrae, were dad Colin and brother Davy.

The record attempt formed part of our larger family Fun’raiser event, which saw over 130 cyclists of all ages complete a 10 mile sponsored cycle round the island before enjoying a host of entertainment at the island’s main town of Millport.  Thanks to everyone who braved the rain to attend, making this such a successful day.
Particular thanks goes to the Garnock Valley Community Band, Kidnetick Children's Entertainer, Surf & Turf for donating our lovely new gazebo, AR Inflatables, superstar Bob Campbell from Garrison House and all our incredible FYF volunteers.

Building bridges between Charity and Construction

We were extremely grateful to receive a donation of £500 from Pacific Building, a leading construction firm based in Hillington. Finding Your Feet is the latest charity to benefit from Pacific Building’s philanthropic programme, set up to mark the company’s tenth anniversary and which has seen the construction firm donate £500 to ten charities in the area. Corinne visited Pacific’s headquarters in Hillington to accept the donation from Managing Director Brian Gallacher.

Cor's Real Story

Corinne has been under the media spotlight once again, this time being filmed for a brand new series on ITV called Real Stories with Ranvir Singh. The new current affairs programme will run for six weeks, showing at 7.30pm every Thursday and featuring inspirational individuals.  Look out for Cor, due to appear in the first series which begins 23 July. 

Keeley Rides at the Velodrome

In our last newsletter we reported that, thanks to your donations, Finding Your Feet had been able to step in to buy a specially modified bike for brave Keeley Cerretti who lost a leg at birth. And we figured there was no better place for Keeley to try out her bike than at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome at The Emirates Arena so, in March, Keeley, twin sister Kerrin and Corinne all got the chance to ride on the track. Watch out Sir Chris Hoy!

Andrew finally gets his Z's

Finding Your Feet was recently contacted by the parent of 23 year old Andrew Almond. A keen young footballer who recently discovered that he was suffering from Compartment Syndrome of the thigh - a painful and serious condition resulting from pressure within an enclosed bundle of muscles. Andrew has had to endure numerous invasive procedures and remains largely immobile. So when we heard his recovery was inhibited by lack of sleep due to an unsuitable bed for his condition, Finding Your Feet stepped in to buy a bed more suited to Andrew’s needs and we've heard that he's sleeping better already.

Lending a Hand for FYF

We continue to gain support for our cause from stars of sport, screen and society. The latest celebrities to put their hands down – or indeed their feet – for FYF include football legends Ally McCoist and Tom Boyd; Radio Clyde 1 presenter George Bowie and renowned chef and restaurateur John Quiggley. 

Stars of the Future

We're so fortunate to have been supported by huge stars of current sport & screen in our Celebrity Handprint campaign. We're now delighted to welcome support from stars of the future too!
Launching this campaign for us was 11 year old figure skater, Jenny Bone.  J
enny has only been competing for a year but has already been on the podium 8 times, recently achieving 1st places at Blackpool Ice Skating Festival and the Guildford IJS Open.

Cap for Davy

Corinne’s brother and FYF Trustee Davy gained his long-awaited first cap for Scotland last month when he took up a charity place at the Charity Sporting Prints International Veterans Rugby Tournament at GHA. After making it through to the final, the Scottish Legends team, which included Jason White, Gordon Bulloch and Jon Petrie, were beaten by the boys from the Southern Hemisphere. However, Davy did the team proud in scoring the all-important try in the semi-final (the fact that play had stopped due to a fight on the pitch is deemed debatable and irrelevant.) Well done Davy.
We're thrilled to be working with the Trailtroopers team.  They're offering discounts for FYF places at their next event in September, at only £15 for the 10k and £10 for the 5k.  We ask that you raise at least £50, and in return you'll get an FYF/Trailtroopers T-shirt and a bit of VIP treatment on the day, as well as the usual goody bag etc.  Let us know if you're interested and we'll give you the discount code.  
There's lots of ways you can get involved with FYF.  Here's some of our fantastic volunteers from our Millport Fun'raiser last month.  If you fancy getting involved, with helping out at events, or behind the scenes please get in touch - we'd love to hear from you.
We now have a few supporters who have set up a monthly donation to us - a huge thank you to those wonderful, generous people!  If you'd like to do the same, you can do it through Just Giving, Paypal or your own bank - just quote our Sort Code: 83-46-00 and Account No: 11486354.
Please consider doing this - just a few £s a month can help us make a huge difference to someone's life.

Alternatively, as a quick & easy way to make a one-off donation, just text the code FEET15 and the amount you'd like to donate (eg FEET15 £10) to 70070.    

If you'd like one of our donation tins to leave in your place of work, please e-mail nicola@findingyourfeet.net
Thank you.

What our Fundraisers are up to:

Team WOW plan to drive their trusty £390 Peugeot 306 more than 4500 miles across Europe to Rome and (hopefully) back, in the Rust2Rome Challenge, armed with nothing more than a toolbox and a few cans of Irn-Bru.  If you'd like to help them hit their fundraising target, their Just Giving page is www.justgiving.com/Rust2RomeWOW

The Normandy Hotel in Renfrew is holding a Zumbathon on Sunday 12th July, 2-4pm.  It's only £5 to take part, with all money coming to FYF.  If you'd like to take part (wearing neon is optional), or if you'd like a sponsor form, please call Angela on 886 4100.
When we think of an 80th birthday celebration, we tend to think of a comfy armchair, a gathering of family and friends and dodgy fruit cake nibbled by clacking dentures. But the only clacking you’ll hear from Jim Campbell on his fourth-score will be the chittering of his teeth as he bears the cold at the summit of Ben Nevis. Because this perky pensioner intends to celebrate his 80th by climbing Scotland’s largest peak next month, all to raise funds for FYF. He’ll be joined by his son, FYF trustee Scott Campbell, and granddaughter Ellie (11). What’s more, Corinne will join the three generations as she attempts to follow in the footsteps of renowned mountaineer and fellow quadruple amputee Jamie Andrews in reaching Nevis’ summit.
Jim's fundraising page, should you wish to donate, is www.justgiving.com/Jim-Campbell2
Lorna Poole swam 2 miles of Lake Windemere in the Great North Swim for us. Brrrrr!  Lorna's Just Giving page is www.justgiving.com/Lorna-Poole/ if anyone would like to contribute.
Paul Brindley took on the West Highland Way for Finding Your Feet.  Walking it wasn't enough of a challenge though, so he decided to cycle it!  And as if that still wasn't tough enough, he chose a wet, windy few days to do it in.  Paul's fundraising page is www.justgiving.com/Paul-Brindley3 if you'd like to make a donation.
The Great Wall of China Marathon is considered to be one of the toughest races in the world, with its 5,164 stone steps and a strength-sapping route of steep ascents and descents. After months of gruelling training, Stevie Kidd completed the marathon, raising a staggering £3000+ for FYF. And our ambitious fundraiser has not been put off but has already set his sights on completing the North Pole Marathon in 2016!  Should you wish to donate to Stevie's Just Giving page, here's the link: www.justgiving.com/SteviesGreatWall
Well done to Alanna Perratt & friends for completing Ben Lomond, in pretty poor conditions - and all for Finding Your Feet.  Her fundraising page is still open for donations, at www.justgiving.com/Alanna-Perratt1
Allan Dickson cycled the Fred Whitton Challenge for us - 112 miles, with a climb of 12,800 ft - and in the wind & rain too!  If anyone would like to donate to Allan's fundraising, here's the link - www.justgiving.com/Allan-Dickson12800feet
Kenny Noble is taking on the Prudential 100 at the beginning of August - a 100 mile circular route from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park out to the Surrey Hills and finishing on The Mall.  If you'd like to help Kenny reach his fundraising target, please donate at www.justgiving.com/KennyNoble1

Earlier this month, through wild winds and rain, Laura Robinson was one of over 70 cyclists who completed this year's Prestwick Cycle Challenge - "Locks and Lochs". The challenge started from Fort William and finished in Inverness over 210 miles (and up to 243 miles!!) later via Dornie and Ullapool. 

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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