Cor Hutton is a quadruple amputee, single mother, activist, charity founder, world record holder and the first Scot to receive a double hand transplant.
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Cor Hutton had an irritating cough in 2013. When it worsened, she went to the hospital, collapsing in the waiting room. It turned out to be pneumonia, which rapidly turned into sepsis, and she was given a 5% chance of survival. She lived, however, doctors were forced to amputate both her hands and her feet. Within four months of losing her limbs, single mum Cor defied doctors with her progress. She walked a mile through Glasgow city centre on prosthetic legs in a bid to raise awareness of the charity she had set up to help other amputees. Through emotional and physical support, Finding Your Feet has changed and saved the lives of many amputees and their families. It has raised over £1,000,000 for the cause so far.
Since then, Cor has carried the Commonwealth Games baton, received the Freedom of Renfrewshire, been given the Points of Light award by Prime Minister David Cameron and is regularly included in Inspirational Women of the Year awards. She was the first female quadruple amputee to summit Ben Nevis and Mount Kilimanjaro and completed the London Triathlon.
In early 2019, Cor became the first Scot to receive a double hand transplant. Cor devotes her life to running her charity. In addition she campaigns to raise awareness of the need for organ, tissue and limb donors, to spot the signs of sepsis and prevention methods to reduce the need for amputation. She is improving perceptions and conditions for disabilities too, changing the boundaries and removing the stigma of being ‘different’. Her infectious wit, humour, and ability to laugh in the face of her own adversity is both refreshing and humbling. She has spoken at events across the UK, covered by news outlets worldwide and appeared on national TV including The One Show and Good Morning Britain. Cor has a monthly column in The Sunday Post. Her greatest achievement to date is raising her son, Rory.
Corinne was a guest speaker at my company’s 10th Anniversary seminar. She was absolutely fantastic. The words “I can’t” are definitely not part of Corinne’s vocabulary. She will leave you feeling totally inspired and ready to take on anything. She is a truly inspirational woman. We have had many speakers over the years and Corinne was by far the best we’ve had and the only one to ever get a standing ovation. Can’t recommend her highly enough.
Rhona Galbraith, ER Network
Cor Hutton has been my first choice inspirational speaker for the last 2 years on a seminar I run on gender diversity. It is a session that aims to motivate and educate my delegates in equal measure and Cor’s talk is one of the most inspirational and motivational stories I’ve heard and the perfect way to close my event. Cor is passionate, humble and heart-warming but delivers her talk with ambition and humour. The reaction she receives to her story is lovely to see as delegates are left with a smile (sometimes a tear) and a whole lot of admiration. I would absolutely recommend Cor as a speaker at any event. She is a true inspiration of what grit and determination can achieve.
Kirsty Zollinger, AJ Bell
Cor's message lands within your soul on every possible level. I have the pleasure to watch Cor time and time again hold a room, hold every person within the palm of her hand. It changes where people operate from as human beings. I am delighted and honoured that Cor is part of the Reach Your Peak event and every time she presents we have no dry eyes in the room. How Cor uses her life experience is nothing short of inspirational – it's real, it's raw and it's heart wrenching, but makes you feel truly amazing and aware that your life has to have purpose and meaning to it.
Stevie Kidd, Reach Your Peak Events