ALL Kaitlyn Hacking wanted this Christmas was to be able to walk into school.
It sounds a simple wish, but after a difficult few months suffering with a rare condition which left her needing a wheelchair, the youngster has had to be brave and determined to see her wish realised.
Kaitlyn, 11, was diagnosed with Slipped Upper Femoral Epiphysis (SUFE) in the summer which left her unable to walk and needing a delicate operation to pin her slipped left leg back into her hip.
After three months using a wheelchair and crutches she is now back on her feet and impressed friends and family as she walked into her school, Hodgson Academy on Moorland Road, Poulton, for the first time just days before Christmas.
When she realised how hard it can be to not be in full health she decided to help others by completing the Santa Dash, on December 2, in aid of Trinity Hospice and Brian House hospices.
The determined Year Seven pupil raised a total of £540 for the palliative care unit and is now planning to continue fundraising for good causes.
She said: “The Santa Dash was hard work but it was really good and I was pleased to raise the money.”
Just three weeks earlier the youngster, of Elvaston Road, Carleton, had been told there was a chance her right leg may suffer SUFE, a condition which affects just one in 50,000 young people.
Now less than six months after her diagnosis Kaitlyn is already looking forward to being able to walk the Dash route along the Promenade next December to raise even more money for Trinity Hospice and Brian House, on Low Moor Road, Bispham.
Mum Marica said: “She’s just raring to go now with a new lease of life and has already come up with more ways to fundraise.
“It was good for her to do the Santa Dash and fundraising as a distraction. She’s opened my eyes to what it’s like to be in a wheelchair.
“Walking again is what she’s been gearing up for, I’m really proud of her.”