Steps Charity Worldwide was founded in 1980 as a self-help group. After her son Daniel was born with clubfoot, Sue Banton found there was little by way of support and advice. Soon, after writing to mother and baby magazines, she discovered others were similarly frustrated. Thereafter, around eight years later, Steps became a registered charity. Since its original foundation, Step has grown into a national charity supporting adults and children with lower limb conditions. Steps Charity Worldwide is based at Crouchley Lane in Deansgreen, Lymm, Cheshire. Focussing on childhood lower limb conditions, Steps Worldwide supports adult and children with the following:
- Fibular hemimelia
- Tibial hemimelia
- Hip dysplasia
- SUFE, slipped upper femoral epiphysis
- Coxa vara
- Leg discrepancy
Childhood lower limb conditions can arise at various times. Steps can support parents and children from:
- an ante-natal diagnosis of a leg condition at the 20-week scan
- in the early weeks or months of a child’s life
- during treatment
- or years after successful treatment, when complications have arisen.
With years of experience in supporting people with childhood leg conditions, Steps is equipped to support families at every stage. From Deansgreen in Lymm, Cheshire, Steps operates on a national level. As such, Steps provides a sympathetic ear, clear information and helpful advice, and has done so to thousands since its foundation. In recognition of the vital services offered by the charity, founder Sue Banton was awarded an MBE in 2010. Moreover, the Deansgreen-based charity has become the driving force in the treatment of clubfoot and other lower limb conditions.
From its office in Deansgreen, Lymm, Steps aims to ensure that those affected by limb conditions are informed and supported. Furthermore, the Deansgreen-based charity also strives to raise public awareness and foster widespread understanding around childhood lower limb conditions.