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Wow! What an achievement...

We are so proud to announce that Helen Holmes, Podiatrist at LFW Podiatry raised £5,528 for Dementia UK. Every penny raised has been sent to the charity. We would like to thank everyone who donated and a massive thank you to Helen for pushing the boundaries to raise such a fabulous sum during her expedition during November in Nepal.


Helen's Dad makes it to Base Camp!

Helen began her journey on 12th November, flying from Manchester via Dubai and onto Kathmandu in Nepal. Helens goal during the trip, was to place a photo of her dad Michael John Longley (known as Ben) at Everest base camp in his memory. Helen has been raising money for Dementia Uk to honour her Dad who sadly died of this awful illness. To date, Helen has raised £4,301 which is an absolutely amazing achievement and one that we, at LFW Podiatry are so proud of her for.

After a short stay in Katmandu, Helen and husband Mark flew from Tribhuvan Airport, Kathmandu to Lukla. Lukla is found in north-east Nepal and sits at 2,860m (9,383 ft) above sea level. It is noted as being one of the most dangerous airports in the world! On arriving in Lukla, the first trek was to Phakding, a 3 hour, 5 mile trek.

The following day was a 9 mile walk from Phakding to Namche at 3440 metres.

From there, the next leg was from Namche to Kyangjuma 3600 mtr., via Everest View, a  hotel for the night and Khumjumng Valley (Appr. 6 hrs walk, 6 miles)

Day 6 was Kyangjuma to Debuche 3820 mtr. via Tengboche  Monastry (Appr. 4 hrs walk, 5 miles).

Day 7 was from Debuche to Dingboche 4350 mtr. ( Appr. 6 hrs walking)

Day 8 was an Acclimatisation Day where the group walked for approximately 5 hrs around Dingboche. It was during the walk back down to acclimatise that Helen began to feel unwell. On a serious climb such as this, Helen said, you always come back down to sleep whilst acclimatising, then head off again the following day.

It was during the acclimatisation day that Helen developed a grim headache and completely lost her appetite which is a sign of altitude sickness. Helen was given oxygen and rested back at the tea house where they were staying. It was at this point that Helens oxygen levels dropped to a critical level and despite being given oxygen on the mountain, her condition required medical intervention, as Helen was now struggling with severe altitude sickness. Helen was airlifted by helicopter to Lukla hospital for further oxygen therapy but it was felt, she needed a more equipped hospital and was airlifted again to a larger hospital in Kathmandu. Helen was put on an intravenous drip and her oxygen levels monitored. Luckily, she responded well and her recovery has been good with no long lasting lung damage!

Whilst feeling absolutely devastated that she couldn’t achieve the climb as planned, Helen acknowledges that this was a challenge that her body struggled with. Helens family and friends, along with her work colleagues have recognised that what Helen has achieved is nothing short of amazing. Her determination to raise money and push herself to the limit, is testament to Helens strength of character and loyalty to all she holds dear.

Helen and her husband Mark will stay in Nepal until early December with Mark continuing the climb to base camp with one of the guides and a Sherpa. Helen will trek some lower levels with guides in Nepal and enjoy walking shorter trails and enjoying the fantastic scenery that, no matter what, will still be the holiday of a lifetime.

The team at LFW are so proud of Helens achievement and, whilst Helen herself was unable to continue the trek to base camp, the excellent news is, one of their guides carried on alone and placed Helens photo of her beloved Dad, at Base Camp as a long and lasting memory.


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What has happened so far in 2022

Helen is on top of the world!

One of our Podiatrists, Helen Holmes is preparing to climb to the Chola Pass, above base camp on Mount Everest in November, to raise money for Dementia UK.

For Helen, the journey really began a number of years ago when her Dad developed vascular dementia   As her Dad deteriorated, Helen found that helping him with his foot care, not only helped him but provided a close bond between the two of them and sparked an interest for Helen to study Podiatry.  Helen graduated from the University of Huddersfield with a degree in Podiatric Medicine in 2018.  Helen is a keen walker and when she was given the opportunity to climb beyond base camp on Everest, she chose to do it in special memory of her Dad, who she says would be so proud of her achievement. 

Helen will be doing the climb beginning on 11th November and raising funds for Dementia UK in memory of her Dad and hoping to help many other people struggling with this cruel illness.  Helen is hoping to raise £1,000 and all monies will go directly to Dementia UK via her justgiving page by following the link below.

Ilkley Business Awards 2022 

The team at LFW Podiatry are delighted to announce that the 2022 Ilkley Business Awards added another fantastic accolade to our name. This year, one of our Podiatrists, Helen Holmes won the title of “rising star”.  Helen won the prestigious award at the business awards event which was held at The Craiglands Hotel on 18th March.  Helen has been with LFW Podiatry for four years and in that time has helped to grow the business to the successful practice it is today.  During the pandemic, Helen went the extra mile to ensure patients who were housebound had regular phone calls and were never left without support.  Congratulations Helen, a very well deserved recognition.

Fundraising for the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MND)

Every year LFW Podiatry choose a charity to support and raise funds for. This year, we have chosen to support the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA). Throughout 2022, we will be doing a series of events to raise as much money to aid support and much needed research for our chosen charity.

Motor neurone disease affects the nerves called motor neurones in the brain and spinal chord. These muscles tell your nerves what to do but when these neurones are damaged, it can effect the way the body works. Over time this can affect the way a person walks, talks, eats and breathes. Motor neurone disease affects people differently and there are different types of the disease. The speed with which it progresses will also vary from person to person and sadly there is no cure. However, the MND Association funds and promotes research that leads to new understandings and treatments in the hope of eventually finding a cure! With your support and ours, together we can help raise money to help with much needed research.

To donate, please use the collection box in the Ilkley clinic, or pay by card in the clinic.  Every penny you donate will be sent to the MND Association.


2021 saw LFW Podiatry grow through difficult times

In June, we were joined by Robyn Poynter and re-joined by Lesley Redmond in the Patient Support Team. Robyn and Lesley join Rachael James who has been with the team for a couple of years. Sadly, we said goodbye to Sarah Pattinson who was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer back in April. We keep in regular contact with Sarah and pleased to report that at her last bone scan, she was free of cancer which is fantastic news.


LFW Podiatry and Physiotherapy at The Valley Clinic, Ilkley 

Lynda Forbes-Wake and the team at LFW Podiatry continue to  work alongside Liz Blizzard and her team at the Valley Clinic to enhance your care where Physiotherapy is indicated. We have introduced a referral scheme (with your written consent) to ensure that you get the very best care from rehabilitation, gait re-patterning as well as offering you a joint approach to your treatment plan.  The Valley Clinic Physio team can be found by visiting

LFW Podiatry - Winner of the Health & Beauty Category - Ilkley Business Awards 2019


Lynda and all the team are absolutely thrilled to have won the award in the Health and Beauty category at The Ilkley Business Awards 2019

The winners were announced at a Gala Dinner at the Kings Hall / Winter Gardens on Friday 15th March, 2019.

Indian Head, Reflexology and Body Massage with Joy Kelly, ITEC, VTCT


Joy Kelly, our Reflexologist and Massage Therapist works in our therapy room at Ashlands Road on Monday and Friday and often additional days during the week.  Joy is on hand to ease away tensions and create an air of wellbeing.

For more information about Joy please visit our massage page. Treatments with Joy can be booked online from our treatments page or by calling the main clinic number.

LFW Podiatr y relocates and opens a new clinic - September 2018


We are absolutely delighted that after three and a half years in our little clinic on Main Street, the business grew far quicker than we could ever have imagined and we steadily outgrew the space. In September 2018 we moved premises and opened two clinics rather than one. This enabled us to meet the needs of all our Patients!   We have been overwhelmed and so grateful that all our hard work has paid off and the business has grown more than we could ever have imagined in such a relatively short time. We would like to thank all of our patients for helping us make the journey so far a fabulous one!

Our clinic locations are at:-

29 Ashlands Road, Ilkley LS29 8JT and 

Burley Grange, Main Street, Burley in Wharfedale.  LS29 7ND

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