Hucknall dad’s big steps for small charity

A Hucknall dad is set to climb one of the highest mountains in the world to raise funds for a charity that helped his family when his son was born.

Paul Pounder is hoping to raise £5,000 for the STEPS charity when he climbs Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania.

Paul and Clair Pounder, a teacher in Mansfield, are the proud parents of Olivia (six) and William, now four.

William was born in 2009 with a condition called Bilateral Talipes, a condition more widely known as club foot andone that affects one baby in every 1,000 born in the UK.

It was classed as severe, and within two weeks of being born, his treatment started.

Paul (37) said: “William’s condition was picked up on his 20-week scan at Nottingham City Hospital.

“A midwife went into more details and advised of a support charity called STEPS that offered advice throughout the pregnancy, explaining treatment and support after William was born.”

William was cared for by Mr Hunter at Nottingham’s Queens Medical Centre.

He was put in plaster from hip to toe, a procedure repeated weekly for the next nine weeks.

Each time, William’s feet were repositioned and re-plastered until they were corrected.

The youngster then had an operation where both his tendons were sliced and he was plastered again for the next three weeks.

William would then have to wear special boots connected by a bar for 23.5 hours a day for the next three to four months.

Following this, he had to wear the boots and bar every night until he was four.

STEPS ( says it is the “leading voice of lower limb conditions”.

Everything the charity does is about valuing and supporting individuals, families and carers affected by clubfoot, hip dysplasia or any other lower limb condition.

Paul said: “STEPS is such a small charity for conditions that are so common, so it gives me great pride in raising money for them in such a mountainous task.”

Donations can be made through the website, with updates on Twitter @ClimbSteps and on Facebook at

Paul, who has already completed a number of runs to raise funds for STEPS, hopes to complete the challenge next year.