|The Charitable Foundation has been making grants towards the purchase of bespoke footwear for people with severe walking difficulties for more than 30 years. The initiative was started by Past Masters Colonel Dennis Barratt, Raymond Sancroft-Baker and Liveryman Michael Illingworth, and was originally identified by St Bartholomew’s and the London Foot Hospital as a gap in NHS funding.
Past Master Ian Scarr-Hall has also made a huge contribution to both the development of the initiative and the fundraising. Ian has run several times in both the London and New York marathons donating funds raised to the Charitable Foundation specifically for orthopaedic shoes. This culminated in his running the 2008 London marathon on his 70th birthday. Consequently we raised a record £25,000.
As a result of these vigorous fundraising efforts and devoting our main energies towards this cause, we have been able to help many people with walking disabilities. Some cases are post-operative; for example we have been able to help ex-servicemen who have been injured in the course of their duty. However, the most common disabilities are Per Cavus (Club Foot), Lyphoedema caused by Diabetes when one or both legs can swell to double their normal size and Osteoporosis.
In recent years, the Pattenmakers' Charitable Foundation has forged a strong relationship with the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court. Several servicemen, particularly those injured in Afghanistan, have been assisted by the Pattenmakers.