A local family has launched a campaign to raise funds for a special wheelchair for their young daughter, who was diagnosed with Hip Dysplasia at the age of two.

Ruby, now 4, is still undergoing treatment and on 30th March will be having an operation on her hip which will require her to wear a spica cast, to allow recovery.

Fundraising for a Specialist Wheelchair
As a result, after the operation Ruby will be requiring a specialist wheelchair (a ‘chunc’) and unfortunately there is a shortage of these in Hampshire – they cost around £3000.
To help Ruby obtain a chair, a whole range of fund-raising events is now being arranged, from a cake stall and tombola to a sky dive, a half marathon and even a chest waxing by a local licensee!
Anyone who would like to help Ruby’s cause can contact their parents HERE.

After its use the wheelchair will be donated to the Red Cross to help other children with Hip Dysplasia, while any extra money raised will be donated to the charity ‘Steps’, who support children and adults affected by lower limb conditions.

Ruby’s mum Sal has been overjoyed at the support so far given by the town. She told us…

“I would like to say how overwhelmed myself and my husband are by all the help and its wonderful the community spirit in Whitchurch. Ruby has such a strong bubbly personality it keeps us going through all this and I think its dues to so many people in the community knowing her that has helped with the great response.”
She continued, “We are not only raising money for a chair that will go on to help so many other children we hope this help awareness of Hip Dysplasia and the great work that Steps Charity are doing.”

STEPS – We don’t take walking for granted!

and this Friday…
This Friday, March 11th, a Tombola and cake stall will be held from 10.00am onwards outside the Town Hall to help raise the much needed funds.
Please support this worthy cause.

Her parents have also set up a FACEBOOK PAGE where they say:

“We hope this will be the end to her hip story and we thank all our friends and family for helping her and us get through these tricky times.
All who know Ruby know she is a fighter and she will keep smiling through anything. She is a lovely little lady and we hope to have her running around again soon.”

Anyone who would like to help Ruby’s cause can contact their parents HERE.
The email goes direct to Ruby’s parents, not to this website.