Peebles schoolgirls will undertake ten-mile hill-walk to raise funds for 'Talking Books'

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Monday, 3 April 2017

Three 11 year-old girls from Priorsford Primary School have been motivated to raise funds for a 'talking book' for the blind after listening to a classroom talk by a man who lost his sight in his twenties.

Anna Nethercot, Megan Crosbie, Lila Kitching aim to complete a sponsored ten-mile hill-walk this Sunday in the countryside around Peebles.

They were prompted by hearing how Ken Reid from North Berwick adapted to a life without vision after the condition retinitis pigmentosa robbed him of his vision over 30 years ago.

A former chair of RNIB Scotland, Ken spoke on how the charity's 'talking book' service is a lifeline to those who can't read standard print. However, it costs up to £2,500 to professionally narrate and record such a book.

The girls were further inspired by the efforts of their entire home town to raise funds for 'taking books'. Earlier this year, Peebles became the first in the UK to raise funds as a community as a whole for the RNIB service.

Anna, Megan and Lila will take Haggeye Junior, the mascot of Scotland's youth forum for blind and partially sighted youngsters, with them on their walk. All the money they raise through sponsorship will go to the Peebles Community Talking Book.

"After hearing a talk about fundraising for RNIB 'talking books' we decided we wanted to help," said Anna. "We are going to do a difficult hill-walk which starts in Innerleithen, ascends Lee Pen and then continues around the north side of Glentress Forest before descending via Soonhope into Peebles.

"It would be great if people would show their support by sponsoring us."

The girls will do the walk as part of an innovative move by Priorsford Primary School to get Primary 4 to 7 classes to undertake useful projects rather than do formal homework.

Headteacher Sandra Macgregor said that the school's ethos is to promote friendship, fairness and caring, which in turn leads to learning and ambition. "This has created an environment which has enabled the children to be creative, take ownership of their projects, and to get involved in the communities they live in," she said.

You can sponsor Anna, Megan and Lila on their Just Giving page