SCOTLAND’S first double hand transplant recipient who “owes her life” to the NHS has offered her charity’s offices as a relief centre for sick patients during the coronavirus pandemic.

Charity founder Corinne Hutton, who lives near Beith, had both her hands and feet amputated in 2013 after suffering from acute pneumonia and sepsis.

She founded the Finding Your Feet Amputee Charity as a result to support people affected by amputation.

And now, she has penned an open letter to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to offer the charity’s premises in Paisley to NHS “heroes” during the COVID-19 crisis.

Told to self-isolate for up to 12 weeks, Corinne admitted she felt down in the dumps early last week after a conversation with her doctor.

But the charity chief soon realised that some people were going through worse times as the deadly bug spreads across the UK.

The letter reads: “As you know, I owe my life to the NHS. I am also privileged to work closely with the NHS through my charity.

“We meet many who depend on the service daily. The staff from top to bottom are heroes amongst us.

“Therefore, as a gesture in this difficult period, Finding Your Feet would like to offer our charity premises to the NHS as a support site for health care during the fight against COVID-19.

“We are very lucky to have access to four floors in a modern building in Paisley, not far from the Royal Alexandra Hospital, which could easily be adapted to suit many purpose.

“Our landlord has given us authority to offer the use and we could even offer up our staff to help if that would be of benefit.

“In short, anything we can do, we will.”

All of the staff at the charity’s headquarters will be working remotely for the foreseeable future as they like many companies ordered their workers to stay safe.

As a result, speaking to the Herald, Corinne said the offer to the Scottish Government felt like sensible thing to do.

She said: “We’re just trying to be creative I suppose.

“I found it really tough – I couldn’t believe how wound up I was about it.

“I just started thinking about how other people are going to cope and you just need to think outside the box at this sort of time.

“The charity are coming up with ways to deliver some of our fitness classes to those we support online.

“Isolation for them is a massive deal with mental health problems and all things related to that.

“So we thought ‘what can we do with an empty office?’

“If there’s anything at all the NHS can use that building for after everything they’ve done for me then I would do anything to help where we can.

“It’s different times at the minute – everything’s got to change and be flexible.

“It’s just sensible. We’re just giving up our base for a temporary period – it seems like an obvious thing to do to help out where we can.”