Olivia is a 'true inspiration' says sister
A young lady from Hawick has smashed her fundraising target by almost £1,000 by taking part in the Kiltwalk challenge.
Olivia Robertson, who is 19 and has autism, hoped to raise £200 by walking 10 miles over the three-day event for her chosen charity the National Autistic Society.
However, she actually walked double that, along with sister Eve and her fiancé Jarrid, and has raised to date £1,190.
Eve told us: “Olivia asked me to sign her up for a Kiltwalk, as she had seen it on the National Autistic Society’s website one morning.
“We originally aimed to possibly walk 10 miles, but Olivia was determined and with each donation it made her that little bit more confident and eager.”
They took advantage of the countryside around Hawick, walking 14 miles on the first two days, and on the Sunday, Olivia wanted to walk around Hawick itself, so that she could wave to anyone who supported her, completing the last six miles, taking her up to 20 in total.
Eve said: “Something really special happened as soon as I told Olivia she was about to hit 20 miles. We used the Kiltwalk Instagram filter to record her crossing her finish line and just as I hit record, we could hear in the distance someone playing Highland Cathedral on the bagpipes, which was my late papa’s favourite song as he played rugby for Scotland. This meant such a big deal to Olivia, it was very emotional.
“I am extremely proud of Olivia as she has struggled so much with her autism, but this has given her so much confidence which she is using to help other people just like her. She is a true inspiration.”
Currently Olivia has raised £1200, a huge £1000 over target! And the Sir Tom charity top up by 50%.