Helping Hand Project

We are delighted to launch our Helping Hands Project.
If you are struggling with costs even after receiving a Family Grant to help pay for therapy (or if you are not entitled to a grant but find yourself in exceptional circumstances) we may be able to help. The Helping Hands Grants Project has been set up to help with help with travel costs, accommodation or unexpected circumstances. Please speak to Maggie or Sarah in the office in the first instance if you feel that extra help is needed.
Further details can be found at the end of the page ‘Apply for a grant’ under the heading Footsteps Foundation.

Could your work help our work?

Many organisations recognise the team building, community engagement, recruitment and client involvement opportunities offered by supporting small, unusual charities like Footsteps. In the last few years, Footsteps has received over £80,000 from corporate giving – funding an incredible 1,500 hours of Footsteps therapy. Supporting organisations have included a national marketing consultancy, a multinational toy manufacturer, an Oxfordshire law firm, a local estate agent and a small local café. All have told us how valuable working with Footsteps has been; building team spirit, developing local and national reputation as a socially aware organisation, or keeping the team fit!

I’m writing to ask if you could help Footsteps in 2019 by spreading the word at work about our wonderful charity? It doesn’t matter whether you work for a large multinational or a small local business – every donation means we’re able to offer more vital support to disabled children in need.

We understand you’re busy – particularly at work. So, if you could let us know the relevant person for us to talk to in your organisation we can do the rest. Of course, if you are happy to make contact for us, or for us to mention your connection that’s even better!

Your organisation may be able to help by: 

  • Making Footsteps Foundation ‘charity of the year’
  • Running or taking part in a sponsored challenge event – golf days, cycle challenges, long distance runs or walks. 
  • Naming Footsteps as a charity in a payroll giving scheme
  • Offering match-funding to help us apply to specific trusts or foundations that require this
  • Running fun events like cake sales, dress-down days or quiz nights
  • Or simply having a Footsteps collection tin on reception.

Some companies and organisations even have their own charitable foundation. If you, your friends or family work for an organisation like this perhaps Footsteps might be eligible to apply for funding?  Please do share this email to anyone that may be able to help.

If you are able to help us make that all important first contact in your organisation, we may be able to help more disabled children get the physiotherapy that they need.

Please contact for a chat about ways that you may be able to help.

Winter Raffle 2018 – Winners

Winners from ‘Winter Raffle 2018’ Drawn today at 3pm, 10th December


1st Prize – Apple iPad – Have

2nd Prize – Ashmolean Museum £100 Meal Voucher – Jackie Pitkin

3rd Prize – Case of Fine Wines – Billy Ridfoot

Forever England Bag containing Cath Kidston Goodies – James Gesner

Freyja & Beauty Skin Spa Kit – Steve

Grace Cole England – Luxury Toiletry set – Mark Naden

The Ultimate Collection Musicals CD &Crabtree & Evelyn – Hand Recovery & Therapy – Lela Pivazi

Fifa World Cup Football 2018 signed by the Tattinger Family Lela Pivazi

Barrett & Coe – Photography Gift Experience – Daz

Barrett & Coe – Photography Gift Experience – James Gesner

Soft Toy – Rowan at Ladbrook

Footsteps Silver Bracelet – Maia Muradova

Footsteps Winter Newsletter 2018

In our last newsletter of the year, we learn about Alfie and Melissa’s Footsteps and let you know ways that you can support our work with disabled children.

Alfie’s Footsteps

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Alfie Hayes is 4 years old and has been coming to Footsteps for two years, all the way from Derbyshire. Charity manager Maggie spoke with his mum, Rachael about their experiences:

What is Alfie’s Diagnosis? 1P36 Deletion Chromosome Disorder and autism.

When did you first realise that there was something different with his mobility?  Around 5 months. He was floppy as a baby with not much trunk control and then would fling himself backwards, making it hard to hold him.

What was your experience of doctors’ advice at this time?

Mixed. The geneticist, when we got our diagnosis said: “you will be lucky if he sits up at all, and he probably won’t walk” This was pretty devastating at the time, but once I started looking in to this (rare) condition, I found there are a range of outcomes, so I started looking for ways to help Alfie. What I worry about is parents who just hear that negative diagnosis and then give up and don’t get out there and try everything they can – they should give the worst case AND the best case scenario!

How did you hear about Footsteps? Another parent in a 1P36 group recommended it.

What has your experience of Footsteps been so far? The way the physios work at Footsteps is so different from other places. They are firm with him – and it gets results! Alfie started walking unaided towards the end of his 3-week session this August. Then, when he got home he just stopped…Without the therapists to egg him on, he just stopped walking again. A few weeks later we were in a shop and I wanted him to try on a new winter coat. He wasn’t keen – so he simply toddled away from me! My hands were full of coats – I had to put them down and run after him!

What do you think that Alfie has gained from the physio at Footsteps? It’s made his life so much better. Who knows where he would be without it? The thing is – you just don’t know. Would he be just crawling? Unable to stand? I certainly don’t have confidence that he would be where he is now.

What a lovely story, we are all really proud of what Alfie has achieved this year! Please go to our facebook page to see a video of Alfie’s progress

December Donations Doubled!


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Can you help Footsteps Foundation this Christmas? Thanks to a kind donor, any donations that we receive in December will be doubled!!! Please follow this link to donate online HERE or send a cheque to Footsteps Foundation Ltd, 4 Queen Street, Dorchester-on-Thames, OX10 7HR. Last year we raised nearly £3500 extra to help children like Alfie and Melissa take their first Footsteps…Can we beat this in 2018? 

Other ways to support us this Christmas include: entering our WINTER RAFFLE ; coming to see us (or volunteering if you can?) at Waitrose Wallingford bucket collection on Saturday 15th December; buying some gifts or Christmas cards from our ONLINE SHOP or cheering on (or emtering!) the READING SANTA RUN on Sunday 9th December, raising funds for our work.

Melissa’s Footsteps Decade… 

Melissa, age 13  fom London, has been coming to Footsteps since she was a little three-year-old! Maggie spoke with Melissa to find out more…

What 3 words would you use to describe Footsteps?

Helpful; Exhausting; Fun!

Tell me about school: I go to school in Surrey. My friends are really supportive. I use a wheelchair in the day, but get up and use a walker at lunchtime for the exercise. I’m choosing my GCSEs this year and will do Russian, French and History.

How do you think Footsteps has helped you? It definitely helps me to be stronger. I try and stand more after a 3-week session and I am straighter. But I am also tired – so tired! I first learnt to walk at Footsteps, when I was 10 years old. Before that, I was in a wheelchair all the time. I made a lot of progress, then kind of went backwards a bit when I was growing a lot. My brother said I should go back to Footsteps, to get more mobile, and I said “Do you want me to live there or something?” He said he thought that was a good idea!

What’s your favourite part of the sessions here? I love the ‘Spider’! It is so much fun, you can go on a trampoline and play games – although now I am older it is a bit more ‘serious’ physio, I still LOVE the trampoline.

Well done Melissa. Thanks for talking to us about your ten years of hard work at Footsteps. It’s not easy, pushing yourself, and we are all impressed with your determination.


Our Lovely Supporters….

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2018 has been super busy, with lots of children reaching  milestones and tons of fundraising to make it all happen.  Many children have taken their first footsteps this year, or gained in strength, mobility and confidence through the Footsteps Programme. There are many new faces and people coming from all over the UK to access our specialist service. Our regular donors help us plan this essential work – we are grateful to all who support us in this way. Could you consider becoming a regular donor to help children like Melissa and Alfie? Any donors who sign up in December will have the first month doubled too!

Huge thanks to: 

James Gesner; The Hospital Saturday Fund; Peter & Susan Twitchett; Berks, Bucks & Oxon NAFAS; Doris Field Charitable Trust; The Rotary Club of Didcot; Horsebox Coffee Co; The Ammco Trust, The Sobell Foundation; The Ernest Hecht Trust; Sarah McAdden; Doug Tillman and Christine Briggs and all who have bought raffle tickets, cards and merchandise!


Thanks for your ongoing support,

The Footsteps Team.

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Winter Raffle – win an i-pad!

Winter Raffle 2018

Be in with a chance of winning some fantastic prizes-

1st Prize – Apple i-Pad

2nd Prize – Ashmolean Museum £100 Meal

3rd Prize – Case of Fine Wine

Prize for the family who sell the most tickets – 2 hours free Footsteps therapy & a bottle of fizz – please email us ( and we will send you some books to sell.  

Tickets just £1 each – Buy your raffle tickets by going to the link below to purchase, or come to the office at Footsteps if you are in the centre. Draw to be held at Footsteps on Monday 10th December at 3pm.

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Dorchester Fireworks Display – Sat 3rd Nov

Come and join us for a spectacular professional fireworks display and bonfire. From 5.30pm food and drinks available, with locally sourced burgers and hot dogs and a full bar. Live folk music from Pure Fluke. Keep the children entertained in our Games Tent, with traditional games, Glow Crazy and Glitter Face Paint. Coffees, popcorn and delicious homemade cakes will be available.

Admission is by voluntary donation and with all profits going to Dorchester-based children’s disability charity Footsteps Foundation.


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Do you know anyone that works in the UK games industry?

Games Aid Voting closes on 9th Sept…vote for Footsteps Today

Join GamesAid and vote for Footsteps

If you work in the UK games industry then…

1) Become a member of Games Aid (it takes seconds)

2) Receive an email and VOTE FOOTSTEPS FOUNDATION

Become a member and vote for Footsteps

What is Games Aid? is a charity run by the UK Games Industry. They distribute funds to 10 children’s charities each year.

Click here to watch our You Tube film

Those with the most votes win!

Footsteps Foundation have been nominated! We help disabled children from around the UK. We provide specialist physiotherapy that helps them get stronger and move more easily.

Footsteps Foundation needs your vote

If we win this would greatly help children like Thomas:

For us, you really do nail everything. Thomas has cerebral palsy and before Footsteps, was unable to sit unsupported, crawl or pull up to standing. The other day he took 117 steps! We are so blessed to be able to come here with Thomas and have him receive what we feel is the best physio he could possibly have for him and his progress. Forever grateful.”

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