Carlisle student whose dream to be a dancer was crushed completes gruelling charity challenge

A Carlisle dancer who set herself a goal to raise money for children affected by serious lower limb conditions has completed the challenge.

Sarah Burrows, 21, was born with hip dysplasia and scoliosis, she had always wanted to be a dancer, but these dreams were crushed by the condition.

As a child, Sarah was treated for suspected hip dysplasia with physiotherapy and doctors strongly believed when they discharged her it wouldn’t cause any further issues.

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But, this wasn’t the case and as she grew up, Sarah’s hips constantly caused her problems.

Speaking prior to her challenge in January, she said: “I had hip pain my whole life and was treated for it as a child and then they decided it wouldn’t be a problem.

Sarah Burrows, 21, from Carlisle had to have a major operation to fix hip dysplasia
Sarah Burrows, 21, from Carlisle had to have a major operation to fix hip dysplasia

“When I was at uni my foot started turning in to the point it was the complete wrong way. So I self-referred myself to physio thinking it was just my muscles and they did loads of scans and it came out that I did still have hip dysplasia.

“I had two surgeries in July where they basically broke my hip and femur in two and put them back together with screws and plate and I had to learn to walk again.”

Sarah’s dream was always to become a dancer and she was in her second year at the University of Cumbria studying Musical Theatre degree when this became a major issue.

She suffered from the condition as a child but was discharged from physio
She suffered from the condition as a child but was discharged from physio

In January Sarah set herself the challenge of doing 1,500 steps a day and complete 1,000 steps throughout the month, although this might not sound a lot to some people it’s a huge achievement after her surgery.

Sarah was raising money for the charity Steps, she found it when diagnosed with the condition.

Steps is the leading charity working for all those whose lives are affected by childhood lower limb conditions.

Everything they do is about valuing and supporting individuals, families and carers affected by conditions that have an impact on the legs, hips or feet.

Steps are the only charity that supports the most common and much rarer lower limb conditions.

Speaking about the challenge, Sarah said: “The challenge was amazing but definitely a lot harder than I thought it would be.

“I’m still struggling since my surgery and still can’t walk without a little lean but I’m pleased I managed to complete the challenge and pass my fundraising goal.

“Ellesse kindly gifted me some clothes to wear alongside my challenge which I’m so grateful for.”

Sarah raised £600 in total.

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