Cor has been involved in a number of incredible campaigns for some causes close to her heart.
Have a look below for details about these achievements.
In August 2018 Cor joined a campaign very close to home… her own!! The campaign aimed to see Lochwinnoch train station’s platform two overhauled. After identifying the lack of disabled access, Cor wanted to see changes made to allow people with mobility issues to access the same services as everyone else. The platform had stairs and no disabled access, meaning passengers travelling from Glasgow Central to the station cannot get off in the village if they have any issues with mobility at all.
Cor told the Daily Record “People want to be independent. It helps your mental health to be independent as well. Studies show that isolation does cause limited lifespan. There are amputees who are isolated and don’t get out of the house and are literally losing the will to live. There are so many places they can go if train stations have the accessibility.”
different is normal
Cor recently launched the #DifferentIsNormal campaign to get everybody talking about their differences. Cor knew when waking from surgery, having lost her hands and lower legs, that she was ‘different’. What she has come to realise is that difference should be embraced. Her ‘normal’ isn’t the same as the next person’s, and she realised this by openly talking about her insecurities and realising that everyone has some of their own.
Sepsis kills one person every four hours in Scotland and has been dubbed “the silent killer”. It is a cause close to Finding Your Feet founder, Cor’s heart after nearly ending her life 5 years ago and causing the amputations of both her hands and her feet.
Cor is proud to have been part of this campaign in 2018, working alongside The Scottish Government and FEAT and were delighted when Health Secretary, Shona Robison announced the launch of a major Scottish campaign in February 2018 to raise public awareness of the signs and symptoms of sepsis. Hoping to reach more than 1.3 million people across the country in a media campaign, with every community pharmacy in Scotland displaying posters warning of the signs of sepsis.
Following the Sepsis campaign with The Scottish Government and FEAT:
77% of people are now aware of sepsis, 79% are aware of the need for urgent treatment, 76% are aware of what to do if they suspect the condition and 49% aware of the symptoms.
On Tuesday 6 September 2016, as part of Finding Your Feet’s campaign to raise awareness of the huge lack of organ, limb and tissue donors in the UK, this image of Cor was projected on to buildings across London. Cor hoped that in doing this, she had done her little bit to persuade people to say #yesidonate, to sign up and ultimately save and change lives. Cor thanked artist James Zooz Body Painting and photographers John Linton and Drew Farrell for helping create this stunning campaign.
To coincide with Organ Donation Week that year, Cor campaigned to raise awareness of the lack of donors, and released images baring all; having been painted with organs and tissue that are deemed transplantable, in a bid to encourage people to commit to organ, tissue and limb donation.
On January 7th 2019 Cor got the call she had been waiting for and was amazed and delighted to be told she’d be receiving a double hand transplant herself. This call came after being on the waiting list for over five years and she believes a lack of awareness of, and support for, organ, tissue and limb donation is impacting lives on a daily basis.
At present, limb donation requires specific agreement either from the donor during their lifetime or from next of kin after death. There are currently around 6,000 people on the UK Transplant Waiting List. Last year over 400 people died while waiting for a transplant. The NHS Organ Donor Register and National Transplant Register, which fairly matches donors to people who are waiting for a transplant, were able to facilitate more transplants in 2017/18 than ever before, thanks to amazing donors. This is fantastic, but there is still a lot more to do. (Source: NHSBT 2019).