CORINNE Hutton, 48, will climb the highest mountain in Africa on October 1st to raise money for her charity Finding Your Feet.
After surviving a battle with Sepsis in 2013, doctors were forced to amputate Corinne’s hands and feet. Single mum Cor had further issues with an infection in one of her lungs in 2017, causing the majority of it to be removed.
On October 1st she will begin her ascent, aiming to reach the summit on the 6th. A team of 10 other Finding Your Feet fundraisers hoping to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, which stands 5,895 metres above sea level, will join her.
Cor’s training has included personal training sessions, Pilates and swimming. She recently reached the summit of Ben Lomond, but is no stranger to hiking. In 2015, she was the first female quadruple amputee to summit Ben Nevis. In 2017, she completed the London Triathlon.
Many have warned Cor of the dangers of the trek. Altitude sickness can affect anyone, but she may be at more of a risk following her lung surgery. Corinne will also have to deal with discomfort and pain from pressure on her limbs from both prosthetic legs. Despite this, she’s convinced she’ll conquer Kili.
“Initially a lot of people tried to warn me against it, saying that the risks outweighed the rewards. I’ve taught my son to never say ‘I can’t’ so it wouldn’t be fair if I said it. If it’s down to determination and the ability to keep going, I’ll get to the top.
“I’m overwhelmed by the messages of support, donations and sponsorship I’ve received since announcing the challenge. All of the money will change the lives of amputees for the better. Hopefully others will see my efforts and want to be the best they can be.” Corinne Hutton, Founder of Finding Your Feet Amputee Charity
The support so far has been incredible. Cor has already raised over £8,000 and is optimistic that there is more to come. After dealing with life-changing amputations herself, she started the charity to support other individuals and families in similar situations.
Corinne has also rallied support from various local and national businesses, including Compeed, who are providing a supply of their innovative and advanced blister products to help her on the trek.
“We’re delighted to be supporting the great work that Finding Your Feet carry out with amputees and their families. Compeed has long been associated with outdoor adventure and sporting challenges, and this Kilimanjaro Trek has to be up there as one of the biggest. Cor and the team are taking on an amazing feat and we’re happy to help them go the distance.” Clare Newins, Marketing Manager, Compeed UK