Singing duo limbering up to help little Kayla

Valerie Smith from Kinglassie and George Aitken (Glenrothes) who met on the Voice of Fife competition.
Valerie Smith from Kinglassie and George Aitken (Glenrothes) who met on the Voice of Fife competition.
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Two local singers have come together in an unlikely partnership to raise money for the Help Kayla to Find Her Feet campaign.

George Aitken (65) from Glenrothes and Kinglassie teenager Valerie Smith (17) first met as finalists of the Fife Free Press Group’s ‘‘Voice Of Fife’’ talent competition in 2010 and hit it off straight away.

Since then the pair have combined their talents to help raise some much needed cash to help a number of good causes.

And moved by the story in the Gazette recently of the plight of two year-old Kayla and her family’s attempts to raise the £40,000 needed to help the youngster to walk, the singing duo have agreed to help out with their own charity effort.

George said:“Having read the story, we instantly wanted to help in what ever way we could.

‘‘Myself and Valerie are going to take part in the Big Fun Run in Perth in September and we’ll be looking to collect as much sponsorship support from Glenrothes folk as we can.”

The money would pay for pioneering surgery in the United States which would help the little girl, who was born ten weeks prematurely, and with cerebral palsy.

But far from just running the 5k event, the pair are planning to sing their way around the course.

George added: “I plan to be strumming a guitar as we take part, while Valerie will sing and accompany me with a tambourine.

‘It should add to the enjoyment and hopefully catch people’s attention and their donations.”

The organisers of next week’s Glenrothes Gala Day have kindly agreed to let George make a public announcement about the fun run and the campaign for Kayla in general, as well as to collect sponsorship money on the day.

And the Glenrothes singing veteran is no stranger to putting his musical talents to good use, having performed over 110 charity concerts for elderly residents and local care homes in the last two years.

Kayla’s mum Katie Bird is delighted by the efforts of George and Valerie, as well as the many others that have offered support.

She said: “it’s fantastic that so many people want to help with the fundraising so that we can get Kayla over to America, people’s generosity so far has been overwhelming.”