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Christmas 2022 Newsletter

As we are fast approaching Christmas and nearing the end of another year, we are proud of the hard work and resilience of the children attending Footsteps along with the dedicated therapist providing the therapy sessions.

It is a joy to see the children improving and getting stronger and becoming more mobile.

Olivia's journey...

Meet Olivia who is 2 year sold and has been coming to Footsteps since December 2021.  She hopes to come 2-3 times each year.

Olivia was diagnosed with 1p36 chromosome deletion syndrome.  She has global developmental delays, hearing loss, a visual impairment, heart condition, epilepsy and low muscles tone.  Olivia struggles significantly with her head control.  SHe has the ability to use all of her limbs, however she struggles significantly due to her learning disabilities and low muscle tone.

Mum Aimee tells us about her experience coming to Footsteps.

"Olivia's abilities have improved significantly since attending footsteps, she is significantly stronger and has a better idea of what is being asked of her.  She is more accepting of therapy and sometimes she even smiles whilst actively participating.

What do the physios at Footsteps work on?

“Olivia’s primary problems are her low tone and her understanding of her body and how it works.

The therapists at Footsteps, work with Olivia to teach her why she needs to move in specific ways, and show me ways of continuing her learning at home.”

What Olivia enjoys

“Olivia enjoys standing and being upright, she worked very well in the 'spider' and on the Galileo.

Olivia shows that she is very proud of herself when she settles into movements and feels confident.”

Future hopes for Olivia – “My dream for Olivia is for her to have some independence; For her to be able to play unaided and have enough mobility to live her BEST LIFE.”

“There are so many reasons why we highly recommend and keep coming back to Footsteps. Footsteps doesn’t just support Olivia, but the team teach me how to help Olivia to progress at home between visits. They make me feel that the hard work we are putting in at home is paying off and is worthwhile.”

Well done Olivia on all your hard work & mum Aimee’s terrific support.

Have a wonderful Christmas Olivia and family.

Footsteps Centre News

We have a new physiotherapist at Footsteps. Akshata joined us in November and is currently busy completing her training on the ‘spider’. She brings a wealth of knowledge and skills to the Team and we are pleased to have her with us.

Most of the therapy team have now completed the Introductory Level A DMI Course and they plan to do the Level B Course next year. We are excited to be able to offer this innovative therapy at Footsteps.

For more information about session availability in 2023 please email the Centre Manager, Kirsty on

How Footsteps Foundation Supports Footsteps Families

Apply for a Family Grant

If you would like to apply for a Family Grant for 2023 please click on the link below to take you to the application.

Please note that if your household income is under £75,000 you would be eligible for a grant.


Local dads cycle one mile for every child at Footsteps


We held a Christmas Fair in Abingdon market square on Saturday 10th November and raised a total of £664 for Footsteps Foundation. Thank you to all of our volunteers who helped out in the lead up to the event and on the day itself. Our fundraising committee have been fantastic and we appreciate the support from the Wallingford Barclays branch and Sutton Courtenay WI. The Oxford Bead Shop and Lapis Lizard also donated 10% of their sales on the day to Footsteps.

In addition, local dads Julian and Andy cycled 132 miles on the spot in four hours. They set themselves the challenge to cycle one mile for every child at Footsteps this year and they successfully completed the challenge in just under four hours. They raised £184 for Footsteps Foundation – well done!

Christmas Fair – 10 November

Footsteps Foundation will be holding a Christmas Fair on Saturday 10th November in Abingdon Market Square to raise money and awareness for the charity.

Everyone is welcome to come along and join us between 10am and 2pm. There will be children’s toys and books for sale as well as handmade crafts and homemade cakes. There will be some great prizes to be won in the Christmas raffle and fun and games for the children too. And if that’s not enough, keep your eye out for our Turbo Cycle Challenge! Two local Footsteps dads will be attempting to cycle a ‘mile for every child’ in just four hours.What a fantastic challenge!

We hope to see you there!

Footsteps Filmstars!

It’s been a busy week at the Footsteps Centre! We have just finished filming for our first professional film which documents the lives of Footsteps families and shows how the Footsteps therapy programme continues to make a positive difference to the lives of many children.

Thank you to all those who have contributed to the project and a special thanks to Tracy Christie for volunteering her time and expertise to the project.

We are very excited to see the finished product at the end of the year! And if that’s not enough, we will soon be working with a group of students from Oxford Brookes University who will also be producing a short film for Footsteps. Watch this space!




The Footsteps Centre requires a full time experienced Centre Manager to undertake the smooth running of a small but busy physiotherapy centre for disabled children and young adults. Working along side a charity fundraising team, trustees and phyisotherapists.

Main duties include bookings, invoicing and accounting, maintaining HR and H&S policies and procedures. For more information and job description please contact

Closing date:

Friday 19th October 12 noon

Interviews will be held w/c 22nd October

Olympic photograph signed by Steve Redgrave

It’s an exciting time with the 2012 Olympics taking place in Great Britain this year. Thanks to the Steve Redgrave Fund, you can be part of the hype by becoming the lucky owner of an Olympic rowing team photograph signed by the one and only Steve Redgrave.

We think this will be a popular item in the Small Charities Ebay Auction so make your bid now for your chance to win the signed photograph. The auction closes on the 17th June.

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