We are excited to be running Hackney Half Marathon on Sunday 20th May. We've decided to do this at late notice, as an opportunity came our way to raise funds for an amazing charity that you may not necessarily ave heard of before - Microtia UK.
If you didn't already know, Microtia is a malformation or misshape of the external part of the ear (pinna) and can vary in severity from the ear being smaller than expected to varying degrees of absence of the outer ear.
In some cases, a smaller or incomplete ear canal and/or hearing apparatus may be present or missing altogether (atresia). Microtia is frequently accompanied by atresia because the baby’s outer ear and the ear canal develop together during pregnancy.
Microtia is a rare condtion affecting 1 in 6000 babies. It seems to affect more boys than girls and affects right ears more than left. Unilateral microtia (one ear) is more common, however approximately 1 in 10 children affected have bilateral microtia (both ears).
For more on the amazing work that Microtia UK do, please visit http://www.microtiauk.org/