Local man Tony Smith took on a challenge to help raise fund for the fantastic charity Finding Your Feet and we want to share the news of his achievement and to say well done!
Tony says that Finding Your Feet with its understanding and support has been priceless for him and for his family. Tony believes that many amputees might not be aware of the Finding Your Feet charity and he wants to spread the word about how invaluable such support is.
On Sunday 26th April, Tony walked the length of his street 2.6 times to raise funds for the charity which provides essential services for amputees.
Tony's achievement is incredible when you consider that, until recently, he couldn’t walk at all and got around only in a wheelchair. Tony is a double amputee but he doesn’t let that get him down. He keeps his great sense of humour and says of himself "I'm not short, I'm fun size". You can find out more about Tony's achievement online - Tony's Triumph
Finding Your Feet supports families affected by amputation or limb absence through a range of sporting initiatives and social inclusion projects designed to positively affect both physical and mental wellbeing. Isolation is a huge problem for many amputees. It has been proven that quality of life and even life expectancy is greatly reduced without social inclusion, with as many as 30% of vascular amputees not surviving to one-year post amputation. Finding Your Feet is instrumental in addressing this issue and they want to help save lives.
Finding Your Feet supports the wider family and not just the amputee themselves. As Liz, Tony's wife, says “My husband had both his legs amputated recently. Our experience at FYF has been amazing. We’ve met people who are in the same boat and everyone treats you like a new member of the family. We loved every minute!”
Even Coronavirus cannot dampen their enthusiasm to help. With social distancing preventing a number of normal activities Finding Your Feet have adapted and gone virtual with a number of events such as virtual coffee morning get togethers.
Where to Find Out More
If you know anyone who has been affected by amputation or limb absence, please share the information about Finding Your Feet. They have a fantastic website with lots of information and support - please click link for more details Finding Your Feet
How to Support Finding Your Feet
If you would like to make a donation to support the charity and the work that they do, you can do this by a variety of easy ways - please visit the Finding Your Feet website for more details - please click link for more details How to Donate