Founder of charity to visit Methil

Olivia Giles (picture by Rob McDougall)
Olivia Giles (picture by Rob McDougall)

The song ‘I would walk 500 miles’, by the Proclaimers, is well known as a hugely popular tune at parties and celebrations.

This weekend, the song will be at the heart of a talk by Olivia Giles, the founder of the Scottish charity 500 miles, which is named after it.

She’ll be addressing a special Summer Evening Songs of Praise Service in Wellesley Parish Church, Methil, at 7.00 p.m. on Sunday, and discussing the charity’s work to help some of the world’s poorest people, in Malawi, Zanzibar and Zambia.

Olivia founded 500 miles in 2008 to supports disabled people in these countries by delivering and developing prosthetic and orthotic devices. In the UK, the NHS provides them to anyone in need, so it is possible for them to get on with our lives. In Malawi, Zambia and Zanzibar, when people are born with deformities, lose their limbs or lose the use of their limbs through accident, disease and poverty, many of them also lose their livelihoods, homes or families.

Minister Rev Gillian Paterson said: “Olivia’s passion for this work knows no bounds and we are privileged that she has taken the time to come to Methil to speak about her work.”