Kayley Heard, for the second year running, has done a sponsored walk for Arthritis Research UK – the October Borders Challenge.
Completing nearly 12 miles in any walk of life is no mean feat, but at the age of 10 that really is quite something.
With her mother Mandy and a friend, Kayley set off from St Boswells on the clear Saturday morning of March 21 to follow in the footsteps of the Romans and walk Dere Street (and part of St Cuthbert’s Way) to Ancrum, during which the trio of walkers took on some challenging terrain.
It was probably fitting that she passed the tomb to another hero, of 1544 ,“Fair maiden Liddiard ... but muckle was her fame upon the English loons she laid monie a thumps and when her legs were cuttit off she fought upon her stumps”.
Kayley certainly did not fight anyone on this occasion, but merely laid to rest any myth that young people nowadays do not have time to help with fundraising.
Nearing the end of the walk there was a very welcome break, accompanied by a sandwich and drink in The Birdhouse Tea Room at Woodside Garden Centre.
Kayley’s magnificent efforts are in memory of a friend of hers – Andy Bathgate – who suffered from arthritis and died nearly two years ago.
She now intends making this walk an annual event – and you have to wonder where will this take her in years to come.
She has challenged herself to raise £1,000 this year and to date she has pledges of £550. Can you help her achieve her target? Just go online to: www.justgiving.com/KayleyWalk
If you would like to get involved with the October Borders Challenge (at any time of the year) with a small or large fundraising event, contact the branch secretary on 0845 602 3921 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Every penny counts, and together everyone throughout the Borders can contribute towards the presentation of a large cheque to the charity in November and therefore help fund some of the research work, including drug trials at BGH.