News • April 17, 2020 • by Awesome Aberlady

P7s walk 100 miles to raise funds for new defibrillator

A GROUP OF P7 pupils from Aberlady, with the help of their younger sisters and brothers, have set a target of reaching 100 miles in 30 days by adding up their daily walks and cycle rides, and are seeking sponsorship to raise money for a new defibrillator in the village.

Ella, Loulou, Lexie, Ben, Lucy, Gemma, Sam, Finlay, Harris, Ava and Alasdair started their adventure on April 6, 2020. They set up a Just Giving page for donations and after rapidly reaching their initial target of £500, they upped it to £1500 to cover the whole cost of a new defibrillator and its cabinet.

Target reached!

The new target was reached on April 16, 2020, on Day 11 of the 30-day challenge, when Aberlady Brownies contributed £25.40 they had left over from a coffee morning organised some time ago, also to raise funds for the defibrillator.

The appeal remains open, partly to cover the fees taken by Just Giving – in the region of three per cent – and partly to make a start on buying another device.

‘Three or four miles a day’

‘So basically we’re doing this fundraiser where we walk 100 miles in a month,’ Ella explained. ‘Everyone walks three miles for 20 days and four miles for 10 days – you could mix it up and do six or eight miles one day, then have a rest the next day. You can do this on a bike, or run, or walk.’

All eleven of the participants are still going strong as they near the halfway point of their challenge, and report that it has given them an opportunity to explore Aberlady and the beautiful countryside surrounding our village like never before.

For weekly updates, see their Just Giving page… crowdfunding/100milemonth

Main picture, clockwise from top left: Lexie and Loulou, Ben, Ava, Alasdair, Ella, Sam, Lucy and Gemma, Finlay and Harris