Local campaigner Corinne Hutton joined Neil Bibby MSP at Holyrood recently to take part in the Opening Ceremony for the new session of the Scottish Parliament.
MSPs invited local heroes to take part in this major event in recognition of the important contribution they have made to the lives of other people living in Scotland, either locally or nationally.
Corinne has recently become only the fourth ever recipient of the Honorary Freedom of Renfrewshire, in recognition of her charity work which has continued despite a life-changing illness in 2013. Having suffered acute pneumonia and septicaemia, surgeons were forced to amputate her hands and legs below the knee.
Corinne responded by establishing a charity, Finding Your Feet, which offers practical, emotional and financial support to individuals and families who have suffered limb loss or life-changing physical trauma. Her courage and determination has helped her raise over £200,000, achieved through the likes of completing a gruelling 5km assault course, becoming the first quadruple amputee in history to climb Ben Nevis, and breaking a record by abseiling 140 feet. For more information on Corinne’s charity, Finding Your Feet, visit www.findingyourfeet.net.
The Opening of Parliament commenced with the Crown of Scotland being processed down the Royal Mile to the Scottish Parliament. In the Debating Chamber, Her Majesty The Queen addressed newly elected Members of the Scottish Parliament and guests. Following the Address there was a Riding down the Royal Mile - marking the centuries-old Scots tradition – which involved up to 2,000 people from every constituency and region of Scotland.
Neil Bibby MSP said:
“Inviting a local hero to the Opening of Parliament is all about recognising someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the lives of others and no one fits that description better than Corinne.
“Corinne’s charity work has been remarkable, raising hundreds of thousands of pounds to help others and her courage and determination should be an inspiration to us all.
“Becoming only the fourth ever recipient of the Honorary Freedom of Renfrewshire shows just how special Corinne’s achievements are and I’m delighted she was able to join me at the Opening Ceremony.”