New Western Isles children’s charity donate essential equipment

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Next week marks Hip Health baby week, 6th – 12th October, and a newly formed Western Isles Charity have been busy raising money to help buy much-needed equipment for children born with Development Dysplasia of the Hip.

Since last year the Western Isles Hip dysplasia Group has been raising money to buy equipment for children when they were in their hip spica cast.

Ruth Morrison, a member of the group, held a ‘Put the kettle on’ at her house for a whole week, inviting everyone in and offering them tea/coffee and some home baking and in return for donations, raising £1161.03 in the week. There was also a home baking sale raising £187, and a sponsored walk raising £627.37. The total raised was £1975.40.

Ruth said: “Our wee Levi had his operation in April of last year to correct his shallow socket and was in a broom cast for 6 weeks. He got on fabulous and for the first time his surgeon was very happy with his results.

“We would like to say a massive thank you from the bottom of our hearts to everyone who donated, we are so thankful for your kindness. It’s been an adventure! We have set up a Facebook page ‘Western Isles Hip dysplasia Group’, a support group network which wasn’t available before.

“We have had a great response and we’ve had mothers getting in touch with us. We knew DDH wouldn’t end with our children and there would be more children diagnosed with it hence why we wanted the equipment.

“We never thought that in this year and a half there would be two little girls diagnosed with DDH, Emily and Olivia. We have supported their mothers and fathers through their journey and have provided them with the equipment they so desperately needed.

Ruth said that Emily Macleod (pictured), 22 months, has had an operation and is currently in cast just now. Olivia, 10 months, is having her operation in January, so she too will benefit from all the equipment we bought.

The group have bought two hip spica car seats, one hip rocker chair and one high chair suitable for hip babies.

Ruth continued: “We have been in touch with STEPS who have supported us all from the very beginning sending us information as we need it.

“They are sending us 400 pamphlets so that we can supply the maternity ward and the doctors surgeries to provide baby hip health information that we did not have available to us. We will donate to STEPS charity also for all the pamphlets they have sent us.

“They have also informed us that there is a STEPS Christmas party for the first time in Scotland on Saturday 22nd November at Broomhall Castle, Clackmannanshire. Any children with lower limb conditions are very welcome to attend, it would be the cherry on the top to a great success.”