Going the extra mile for charity

Olivia Giles (second, left) is presented with the cheque by (l-r) Olivia Forsyth, Rhiannon Percy, Brandon Barton and headteacher June Kennedy
Olivia Giles (second, left) is presented with the cheque by (l-r) Olivia Forsyth, Rhiannon Percy, Brandon Barton and headteacher June Kennedy

PUPILS from Newarthill Primary have given a charity supporting disabled people 500 reasons to smile from their fundraising efforts.

The youngsters wrote and recorded a song called ‘They All Give Us Something’. They then sold the CD and organised raffles raising £500 for the ‘500 Miles’ charity.

The Scottish charity was founded in 2008 and provides people in Malawi, Zambia and Zanzibar with prosthetic or orthotic devices to improve their lives.

Olivia Giles who founded the charity visited the school last week to thank the children for all their support.

Mrs Giles, who suffered quadruple amputations after contracting meningococcal septicaemia, said: “Visiting the school and meeting the pupils was an overwhelming experience and I’m so grateful that they chose 500 miles as their charity.”

Mrs Giles gave a presentation to the pupils explaining to them how the money benefits people in Africa.

Headteacher, June Kennedy said: ”Olivia Giles is truly inspirational and her determination and resilience are significantly changing lives.”

Full story in this week’s Times & Speaker, out April 25.