TWENTY YEARS have flown by for a hard-working mum who has built up her business from scratch to one of the most established on Uppermill High Street.
Catherine Johnstone opened the doors of Saddleworth Physiotherapy Clinic in April 1996 after two years of searching for the right spot and saving up £75,000 for the venture.
After converting the three-storey former chiropody centre, she was soon offering treatments to patients with conditions ranging from back and neck pain to sprains and balance problems.
Catherine recalled: “To start with, I was still working part-time at a clinic in Ashton while setting this up – but that only lasted three months as I had so much work here.
“It has gone better than I could have ever expected. When I started I had a two-year-old and four-year-old and people thought I was crazy, even me!”
She added proudly: “I still have the original article by Martin Torr which featured in the Oldham Chronicle that day we opened.”
Two decades on, the business has developed from a one-woman venture to a team of four physiotherapists, two admin staff and a cleaner, and treats up to 100 patients a week.
Their expanded services now also include treatments for whiplash, knee pain and golfers tennis elbow as well as state-of-the-art shockwave therapy.
To celebrate her milestone anniversary, Catherine took her team out for a meal and decided to donate 20 per cent of her fees throughout the anniversary week to De Kershaw’s Hospice.
Many patients also made donations, including some former patients who heard about the plan, and boosted the total raised to more than £600.
Catherine explained: “I want to give something back to the community and do something worthwhile as well as celebrate our milestone.
“Saddleworth is a really unique place to work in and 20 years has gone by quickly – time flies when you’re having fun!
“I’ve treated generations of the same families, and also have a lot of clients who have been coming to me for 20, even 30, years.
“I’ve built up a really good, experienced team and I’m really proud of what I have achieved.”
Find Saddleworth Physiotherapy Clinic at 18 High Street, Uppermill, Saddleworth or call them on 01457 871777. You can also visit their website www.saddleworthphysio.co.uk or find them on Facebook and Twitter.