Sports memorabilia ebay auction (7th-17th June)

7th June sees Footsteps Foundation’s participation in the UK’s largest Small Charity auction as part of Small Charity Week 2012.

Watch this space for the links to our three featured items:

– Arsenal FC football boots signed by Kieran Gibbs

– Photo fo the Olympic rowing team signed by Steve Redgrave

– Race card signed by John McCririck

Small Charity Week (11th-15th June) is a free initiative to support small charities to raise funds, their profile and celebrate their fantastic work. This year Footsteps Foundation is participating in Fundraising Day and the Big Advice Day. To support the charity during this time bid for our fantastic items by clicking here.

As a small charity, every penny raised does truly make a difference.

For further information about the items available or the work of Footsteps Foundation please contact / 01865 340376


Footsteps Cerebral Palsy Awareness Week

Footsteps Foundation is launching Footsteps Cerebral Palsy Awareness Week on Saturday 12th May by hosting an Open Day at the Footsteps Centre in Dorchester-on-Thames. Therapy sessions will be taking place so it is an opportunity for potential supporters and volunteers to meet some of the families who benefit from our support. Those interested in seeing the ‘Spider’ in action and joining the Footsteps team for some coffee and cakes between 9.30am and 3.30pm are asked to contact in advance.

SUMMER RAFFLE DRAW – Tickets are now on sale and the draw will take place at the Footsteps Centre on 31st July. For your chance to win some great prizes including Dinner, Bed & Breakfast at The White Hart Hotel, a Marks & Spencer Hamper worth £100 and a Magnum of champagne, contact

DONATE AN HOUR – Join some of the Footsteps team in donating an hour of your salary to Footsteps Foundation. You can download the Donate an hour form and send it in to the Footsteps Centre along with your donation and gift aid declaration. An hour’s worth of your salary might make little difference to you but it will make a material difference to the life of a disabled child.

UP FOR GRABS!!! One hour of physiotherapy at the Footsteps Centre (worth £45) will be given to the family that:

  1. Sells the most raffle tickets (10+ books)
  2. Raises the most money through either organising their own coffee morning or by getting family and friends to donate an hour of their salary

If every Footsteps Family was able to raise only £25 each, together we can raise £3,750 for Footsteps Foundation! Please help if you can…

10K Challenge: Thornbridge Hall in Derbyshire, June 30th 2012

No minimum sponsorship, No entry fee, Beautiful scenery, Fun family weekend…What are you waiting for?!

At the end of June, the gates of Thornbridge Hall in Derbyshire once again swing open as small charities come together for The Challenge, a day that mixes fundraising and family fun to benefit small charities that support communities right across the UK. Footsteps Foundation are using this opportunity to ask supporters to enter to raise money for us.

The Challenge is a fun run/walk along 4km or 10km courses that are suitable to all ages with a reasonable level of fitness. The route takes you through some of the most scenic parts of the Peak District, after which you can relax in the grounds of Thornbridge Hall, the country home of Emma Harrison (Chair of the FSI).

This year, the FSI Challenge is part of a whole weekend of activities and entertainment. You can bring a picnic and drinks for relaxing after the race and, best of all, you can camp overnight in the grounds of Thornbridge Hall on Saturday the 30th June. You will then be able to attend the Thornbridge Hall Garden Party on Sunday the 1st of July – a day of fun filled activities for the whole family to enjoy! If you don’t fancy the drive to Thornbridge on the Saturday you can also Camp on Friday the 29th of June so really making an action filled weekend!

Get in touch with us at Footsteps Foundation – email for a registration form and runner’s pack or call 01865 340376 for more information. There are a limited number of places available so get in quickly!

With thanks to the FSI there is no registration fee so all funds you raise for us go directly to Footsteps Foundation, enabling us to the improve the quality of life for children with neurological disorders. With your support, we can help even more disabled children to access intensive physiotherapy so that they can each gain the confidence and independence needed to confront their own challenges. If you raise more than £50, you will get a FREE Footsteps T-shirt!

Our new fundraiser Clare will be taking up the challenge so come along and join her. Together we can help disabled children learn to walk, grow in confidence and ultimately give them the opportunity to reach their full potential.


Faure for Footsteps: Musique Sans Frontieres

The Great Milton Singers invite you to join them for an inspiring evening of music from across Europe and help raise money for local disability charity Footsteps Foundation. The Great Milton Singers present Musique Sans Frontieres at St. Mary’s Church in Great Milton on Saturday 24th March. They are inviting everyone along to enjoy their performance of European music and a glass of wine in aid of Footsteps Foundation.

Led by Musical Director Kate Billimore, the Great Milton Singers have already raised over £5,000 for good causes over the last six years. The concert will feature two works by Fauré: the exquisite Requiem and the beautiful Cantique de Jean Racine, as well as songs and music from England, Scotland, Italy and beyond. The choir will be accompanied, as usual by the magnificent Bagatelle Ensemble.

All proceeds from the concert will be donated to Footsteps Foundation, a local charity providing access to a unique and intensive physiotherapy programme for children and young adults with neurological disorders.

Choir member Kate Pattinson says ‘I recently went to the Footsteps Centre in Dorchester and I was overwhelmed by what I saw there. It was inspirational.’ And, of the Great Milton Singers, a recent review described their music as ‘expertly interpreted and enriched with warmth of tone by the string quartet, Bagatelle’.

Tickets are £7 in advance or £7.50 on the door and include a glass of wine. £6 for concessions and a family ticket at £20 includes two adults and up to three children. Tickets are available from Great Milton Stores or from Alex Kirkman 01844 278090. Concert starts at 7.30pm.

James Howard to swim the channel in support of Footsteps

James Howard is going to swim across the English Channel in support Footsteps. James’ son Aiden was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy over a year ago, with help provided by Footsteps, Aiden is now able to crawl, sit up unaided and has even started to walk with a little help from Dad. See the Oxbox interview with James about his upcoming 40km swim. Please do support James by contacting the Footsteps Centre, or Swiminasuit.

Knightrider Challenge – not such an easy ride!

Footsteps Fundraiser John Chevis completed the London Knightrider cycle in 6 hours and 20 minutes raising money for Footsteps Foundation. The cycle passed over 50 London landmarks. The cycle was not without its fair share of drama, John says “dodging drunken people leaving pubs and clubs was an interesting experience, and I had one puncture about three miles from the half way stop at Alexandria Palace.

Unfortunately there are no pictures of John, ironically as he was taking a photo at Crystal Palace dressed in a Footsteps T Shirt, he got run over by another cyclist!

Donations using JustTextGiving

Did you know you can now text your donations using JustTextGiving.

To donate directly to Footsteps Foundation just text: Foot11 £xx to 70070.

Donations using this code will be allocated to Footsteps Foundation grants and awards.

To create a text code for a specific child please follow the online instructions on your fundraising page.

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