A RENFREWSHIRE amputee who has raised more than £1.2million for charity has received a prestigious award.

Corinne Hutton, from Lochwinnoch, was honoured with a Special Recognition trophy at this year’s Mirror Pride of Sport Awards.

At a special ceremony in London, the 49-year-old was applauded as an unsung hero for her work to raise money and awareness for amputees through her charity Finding Your Feet (FYF).

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After losing both her hands and lower legs when she contracted sepsis in 2013, Corinne founded the cause just a few weeks after her surgery when she noticed the lack of support for people who have lost limbs.

The charity aims to reduce the social isolation many feel as a result of amputation through peer support and sporting activities.

On top of that, in January this year, Corinne became the first Scottish person to receive a double hand transplant, after a five-year wait.

Corinne, who is a mum-of-one, said on the night: “The start of the year was really tough. They [medical staff] did say the first year would be hard work.

“For the first six months, I was in and out of hospital but, come June or July, I started to feel like myself again. They [her hands] are really coming on and I am so grateful to that family that made that really tough decision.

“I do what I can to campaign. Having hands for me wasn’t lifesaving but this woman also gave her organs and that does save lives.

“I wanted my son to see a mum who could, not a mum who couldn’t. This year’s challenge was to get back in a truck as I used to be a trucker, so I did that a couple of weeks ago. I need to get back on a motorbike again. I’m also signed up to do a half-marathon in March.”

In five years, FYF has raised more than £1.2m to fund activities such as swimming and skiing.

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Corinne has also set four world records, including becoming the first female quadruple amputee to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell, who presented the award to Corinne, said to her: “People can be so quick to put limits on what anyone should be able to do and it’s people like you who say ‘no, you’re not going to tell me what I can do, I’m going to show you what I can do’.”

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