Marathon effort after Flo’s hip diagnosis

By Antony Gedge in Health

FUNDRAISERS are preparing for a special marathon walk as they look to raise money and awareness of a condition that can leave youngsters with serious hip problems.

Lara Richards and her father Wyn Pugh will be hiking from Aberystwyth to Tregaron on the path before returning into Aberystwyth on Saturday, 27 May, for Flo’s Hippy Hike.

The aim is to raise money and awareness about developmental dysplasia of the hip, a condition which has led to Lara and her husband Huw’s young daughter Florence having to spend around three months in a body cast after needing surgery to reposition her hip.

While Lara, who lives in Goginan, near Aberystwyth, said she was keen to raise money for charity STEPS, which offers support to families who go through similar situations, she said the family also want to raise awareness of the condition to help other parents recognise the symptoms of DDH which could help early diagnosis.

Lara said: “The purpose of Flo’s Hippy Hike is not only to raise money, but also awareness of the signs and symptoms of DDH as well as the importance of early diagnosis.

“We have chosen to raise money for STEPS because from the first contact with them they have offered support and information on the condition."

The appeal has already raised over £450 and anyone who would like to donate can do so at or donate at a collection on the promenade on the day of the hike.See this week’s south editions for the full story, in shops and online now

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