Arnage School plans fundraiser

Harris with mum Victoria and sister Isla, 6, at their home near Arnage.
Harris with mum Victoria and sister Isla, 6, at their home near Arnage.

A SMALL Aberdeenshire school is holding a light-hearted fundraising day with a serious message next week.

Pupils at Arnage Primary will be taking part in Silly Socks Day being run by the charity STEPS to help raise awareness of treatment for talipes, or clubfoot.

It aims to highlight the Ponseti method of treatment which involves a specific casting technique.

The fundraising day on Friday, October 12, will have particular significance for Victoria Cunningham, a member of Arnage Parent Council. Her two-year-old son Harris was born with bilateral talipes, which means his feet were pointing inwards and downwards.

The youngster has been successfully undergoing treatment since he was four weeks old using the Ponseti method.

Victoria, 30, said: “He had casts put on both legs and it was a case of going to the hospital every week and getting them changed. What they are doing is manipulating his feet round a little bit at a time and the casts are keeping them in place. Because their bones are so supple when they are born, they can do that, they can mould them round.”

She explained that Harris also has a boots and bar brace which he initially had to wear for 23 hours a day - now 12 hours - to keep his feet pointing outwards.

Victoria added: “STEPS is so useful to help you through the difficult periods and to arm you with information about what to expect during treatment.

“I am also going to give the children a small talk about talipes and what the treatment involves. The school only has a roll of 20, but that will be 20 children and hopefully their families educated on the subject.”