Footsteps Foundation helps children and young adults with neuro-motor disorders to develop and maximise their physical abilities. They provide funding for children to benefit from a programme of intensive physiotherapy at The Footsteps Centre. In 2014 we provided a £10,000 to Footsteps Foundation to buy specialised equipment for the children.
Footsteps has brought a ground-breaking Polish physiotherapy programme to the UK. Without any funding from the NHS, the centre provides access to a team of highly experienced physiotherapists who use a unique and specialised piece of equipment called the Spider. While Footsteps offers fantastic value for money, some families cannot afford private treatment like this. Footsteps Foundation has been set up to help these families.
Footsteps was set up in 2004 by Pip Hoyer Millar whose daughter Minty has cerebral palsy. Pip was told Minty would never develop beyond the abilities of a four year old and would never walk independently.
After a long search for an intensive physiotherapy programme, they were led to Poland where they found the unique ‘Spider’ apparatus. Having seen how the therapy was dramatically improving Minty’s condition, Pip and two of Minty’s therapists brought the ‘Spider’ to the UK and set up the Footsteps therapy programme.
Having started out with two therapists working from Pip’s outbuilding, Footsteps has now increased fivefold and continues to help hundreds of children with varying conditions and needs.
One of the children that Footsteps has helped walk better is Elise. In this video, she takes her first steps with her new orthopaedic shoes provided by Footsteps: