News • May 7, 2020 • by Awesome Aberlady

Aberlady P7s reach their fundraising target

The 100-mile challengers, clockwise from top left: Ben, Gemma and Lucy, Ava, Finlay and Harris, Loulou and Lexie, Sam, Alasdair, Ella.

A GROUP OF P7 pupils from Aberlady Primary School, with the help of younger sisters and brothers, have completed their challenge to walk, run and cycle 100 miles in 30 days, and have smashed their target of raising £1,500 to purchase a new defibrillator for the village.

The challenge began on Monday April 6, 2020 with the children – Alasdair, Ava, Ben, Ella, Finlay and Harris, Gemma and Lucy, Loulou and Lexie, and Sam – each aiming to do 20 days of three miles and 10 days of four miles to reach the finishing line.

The children also set up a Just Giving page for sponsorship, with the aim initially of raising £500 towards a new defibrillator. Thanks to the generosity of people in the village, that target was quickly reached and so a new one was set, to meet the full cost of the defib kit, including its cabinet.

The new fundraising target was achieved on April 16, on Day 11 of the 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.


Our congratulations to the children, who crossed the 30-day finishing line on Tuesday, May 5 and all achieved their aim to cover 100 miles in a month. Hurrah!

The children are delighted to have built such a big achievement from lots of small efforts, and report that they have enjoyed the opportunity to explore Aberlady and the beautiful countryside surrounding our village like never before.

Headteacher’s message

Mrs Currie, headteacher at Aberlady Primary School, sent this message from the staff: ‘Awesome Aberlady! We are incredibly proud of the 100-milers and their families, who at this difficult time not only looked to challenge themselves, but to support others while doing so.

‘Aberlady is a wonderful village to live in and work in, and this kind of activity shows why. The children have seamlessly upheld the school values of kindness, cooperation and positivity by undertaking this. Thank you to all those who have encouraged them and supported them financially. Well done!’

Next steps

The fundraising total now stands at £1,783, which will also cover the fees that we have to pay to the Just Giving website and the cost of parts for the original village defibrillator, which was used for the second time in early May. The appeal will remain open for now, to make a start on funding for a third defib machine. crowdfunding/ 100milemonth