Ella goes the extra mile for women’s charity

A six-year-old Hawick lass is running a marathon over the course of 26 days in order to raise awareness and funds for Border Women’s Aid.

By Kevin Janiak
Friday, 1st May 2020, 10:42 am
Six-year-old Ella Ross from Hawick out on her daily run.
Six-year-old Ella Ross from Hawick out on her daily run.

Ella Ross has been running over a mile every day this week and hopes to finish her challenge by May 20 to achieve the total marathon distance of 26.2 miles.

Her chosen charity supports women and families of abusive men to help them return to the kind of safe and secure life that the rest of us take for granted, and she has already raised more than 10 times her original target.

Her dad Calum told us: “I’m pleasantly surprised at how much sponsorship Ella has recieved so far.

“A lot of our friends have been furloughed or their businesses have closed due to the lockdown, so we only set our target at £50, but she has raised more than £500 so far.

“Last year, I signed up for the White Ribbon campaign in Scotland and I’m an ambassador for the cause, having pledged to stop domestic violence against women.

“Last year, UK police forces received over half a million calls regarding domestic abuse, and that number is set to increase exponentially, so it’s important, especially now, to highlight the issue.

“Ella is doing so well doing the runs as part of her daily exercise.”

If you would like to donate to Ella’s cause, search for ‘Ella Ross Runs a Marathon’ on www.justgiving.com