Youngsters step out for diabetes charity

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Two youngsters from Kelso and Selkirk have raised £500 for charity after completing a 5km walk.

Seven-year-old Zoe Cowe from Kelso and her friend Milly Scott, 4, from Selkirk, both have type 1 diabetes.

The pair, together with Milly’s brother Hamish, carried out the walk for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation on Sunday in Selkirk.

Zoe’s mum Lynn told The Southern: “They were both meant to be going to the Falkirk Wheel in September to take part in the organised walk with JDRF, but they were both ill that weekend and couldn’t go.

“So we thought it would be a good idea to have our own wee 5km down here in the Borders.”

Between them, the girls raised £500 – with Zoe raising £200 and Milly £300.

Ms Cowe added: “Both girls were diagnosed a year apart – Zoe was diagnosed in May 2012 and Milly in March 2013.

“They both wear an insulin pump and have to endure a number of finger-prick blood tests daily, but cope remarkably well with their condition.

“They are a true inspiration to others.”

Both families would like to thank everyone who sponsored the girls for this great cause.