A CHARITY set up by a Lochwinnoch mum to support amputees has been awarded a “life-saving” cash boost.

Finding Your Feet was launched in 2014 by Cor Hutton, who lost her hands and feet the previous year after a battle with sepsis.

For six years, she waited for a double hand transplant, enduring countless false alarms before finally receiving replacement hands in 2019.

Her charity has gone from strength to strength since being launched and offers a range of sporting activities and social-inclusion projects to amputees.

Now it has been awarded almost £67,000 from the ScottishPower Foundation to deliver more activities that reduce isolation, increase physical fitness, reduce the stigma around mental health and improve the ability to self-manage.

Cor told The Gazette: “As a charity, we have been battling isolation and its negative effects for a long time.

“The physical and mental stresses of amputation can quite easily make a person hide themselves away from the world – and that, paired with the global pandemic, has made our support more vital than ever.

“To be announced as a ScottishPower charity partner is quite incredible for us for a few reasons. The funding that the Foundation provides will allow us to continue and build upon our wellbeing services to benefit fitness, mental health and self-management for amputees and their families.

“Alongside that, to be affiliated with an organisation such as ScottishPower is a big stride forward in our mission to be providing opportunities of some kind to every amputee in Scotland.

“We’re looking forward to the partnership and every insight, opportunity and experience that comes with it. I’m certain that our work together will put smiles on many faces and, in some cases, save lives.”

Finding Your Feet, based in Paisley, is among a number of good causes to share almost £1.2million worth of funding from the ScottishPower Foundation.

Melanie Hill, executive officer at the ScottishPower Foundation, said: “We know that, throughout these challenging times, people are relying on the support of charities more than ever before.

“With the help of the ScottishPower Foundation, this year’s projects can go further and make a difference for more people.”

For more information, go online at ScottishPower Foundation.