Group set 1000 mile challenge for Scotty’s Little Soldiers

Forfar girl Mirren Wallace is doing a charity challenge with 7 friends. Their Challenge is to between them run, walk, or cycle 1000 miles in a week raising cash for the charity Scotty's Little Soldiers.From left; (back) Kenzie Harrison, Mirren Wallace, Eve Agnew. (front) Barrie Cooper and Fraser Crawford.

Forfar girl Mirren Wallace is doing a charity challenge with 7 friends. Their Challenge is to between them run, walk, or cycle 1000 miles in a week raising cash for the charity Scotty's Little Soldiers.From left; (back) Kenzie Harrison, Mirren Wallace, Eve Agnew. (front) Barrie Cooper and Fraser Crawford.

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A Forfar teen has enlisted her friends to help raise money for a charity that supports children who lost a parent while serving in the armed forces.

Mirren Wallace, who is 16, has roped in seven friends to undertake a week long exercise challenge that will see them cover 1000 miles in aid of Scotty’s Little Soldiers.

Mirren has been joined by Isla Beaton, Eve Agnew, Fraser Cornford, Barrie Cooper, Mhairi Ferrier, Kenzie Harrison and Isla’s dad, Russel Beaton.

The group will run, walk and cycle to complete the 1000 miles of exercise by October 14.

They started the challenge on October 8, and during the course of the challenge they will also be hitting the gym to clock up some miles on the rowing machine.

On their final day of the challenge, over 50 members of the group’s friends and family walk two miles around the Forfar Loch to help the team reach their goal.

The group has already raised over £1000 for Scotty’s whilst training for the 1000-mile challenge and they look set to raise even now that the challenge has kicked off.

Scotty’s Little Soldiers was founded by war widow Nikki Scott in 2010, and offers support to bereaved children.

The charity currently supports 262 bereaved children and runs a variety of programmes to help children smile again and look forward to a brighter future.

Mirren heard about Scotty’s through her father, Iain Wallace - a veteran from The Royal Logistic Corps (RLC), and looked into the support provided by the charity before coming up with the fundraising idea.

She said: “Scotty’s Little Soldiers does amazing work to support the children who have suffered the loss of a parent serving with the British Armed Forces.

“This charity is extremely close to my heart, and has made me realise how lucky I am to have my dad beside me whenever I need him.

“I would like to do as much as I possibly can to help the children who have not been as fortunate as me.”

Nikki Scott, founder of Scotty’s Little Soldiers said; “Mirren is inspirational – not only has she committed to a challenge for herself, she’s encouraged friends and family to join in, raising vital funds.

“I have no doubt that they’ll have great fun training for their 1000 miles of exercise and I can’t wait to hear about the different activities and distances that make up the final total.”

To support Mirren and her team please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Mirren-Wallace.

To find out more information or to get involved in raising money for Scotty’s you can visit http://www.scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk/pages/14/get-involved