Catrin was one of the first volunteers with Therapies Unite in 2011 when she organised an independent 3 week physiotherapy project, with her friend Emily, in Puerto Vallarta. Both were studying physiotherapy at Keele University at the time and had decided that they wanted to widen her experiences as well as help people who really needed physiotherapy input.
Catrin was inspired by what she saw and wanted to become more involved and to help set up links with Keele University to enable more Keele students to experience volunteering with the charity. Tragically, Catrin passed away in 2012. Her family decided that they would like to continue to support Therapies Unite in Catrin’s name and with the help of Keele University, the first elective physiotherapy placement took place over the summer with 4 students sent to Puerto Vallarta.
To date 20 students have benefited from this program. Catrin’s parents continue to provide scholarship funding for Keele students to take part in the placement. We are exceptionally proud of this project that would not have been possible without Catrin’s vision and the support of her family and the Keele Physiotherapy School.
Therapies Unite are currently fundraising with Keele University who are planning a full scholarship for a Mexican National to attend Keele University to study an MSc (pre-registration) in Physiotherapy. They will then return to Mexico to work for Therapies Unite and help them to continue to develop our projects.
Therapies Unite are so proud of what has been achieved through the Catrin Pickles Scholarship. We are honored that such a wonderful, beautiful and inspirational young woman had this vision and passion and shared it with us. Thank you Catrin.