They said she may never walk...

Hope's story

"We’d been told there was a high chance her ability to walk would be affected"

Louisa, Hope's mum


Hope, from Alloa, was told from birth she may never walk. Now she is set to defy all odds by taking part in the Big Fun Run on 30 July, a 5K fun run in Edinburgh.

Hope Gilmour, 11, was diagnosed with clicky hips as a baby but, during an operation to resolve this, doctors discovered she actually had no hip sockets and would need to have new ones carved. The family was told that Hope may never be able to walk, or may walk with a limp following the operation. 

Louisa said: “After Hope’s first operation where she had new hip sockets carved, she had to be in a full body cast and we had monthly appointments until she needed a second operation when she was 3.
“We weren’t sure what the outcome would be as we’d been told there was a high chance her ability to walk would be affected, so when she was given the all clear at the age of seven, we were absolutely over the moon.
“Since then, her achievements have been astonishing. She’s been in her school running club since Primary 3 and won her part in the relay in sports day. Other parents come to tell me how good she is at running and she's now set herself the goal of running the London Marathon by the age of 16. It’s all just unbelievable.”

Now, having surpassed all expectations, Hope and her mum Louisa are running the Big Fun Run to raise money for us. 


"If it hadn’t been for ECHC, I don’t know what we would have done when Hope was in hospital. The work of the charity was so vital to us during this stressful time."

Louisa, Hope's mum

Louisa continued: “If it hadn’t been for ECHC, I don’t know what we would have done when Hope was in hospital. The work of the charity was so vital to us during this stressful time.
“After her operation, I hated the idea of leaving Hope on her own, but there was always a volunteer to come and sit with her so that I could go and get a coffee or something to eat.
“The Play Specialist always made sure she had toys and games to play with. They even got her a cassette and some headphones so she could listen to music which really cheered her up.
“We were also able to stay in PJs loft - the parents’ accommodation which the charity funds. Hope was only supposed to be in overnight but we ended up staying at the hospital for a week, so having this really helped us.”
“People don’t realise that many of the excellent facilities and services at the RHSC are funded by the charity, so we’re running the Edinburgh 5K Big Fun Run to raise awareness of their incredible work. And if we can raise some money at the same time, even better.”

To support Hope and Louisa's run please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/louisaandhope

If you would like to take part in the Big Fun Run please visit the Big Fun Run page on our website or contact us on 0131 668 4949 / hello@echcharity.org for a T-shirt and sponsor pack.

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