Laura takes on 5,000 miles in 500 days to raise money for Scotty’s
Devon’s Laura Cartmill overcomes her disability to take on 5,000 miles in 500 days to raise money for bereaved British Forces children
Laura Cartmill, from Brixham in Devon, is hoping to inspire people across the country as she takes on a mammoth 5,000 miles in 500 days all to raise much-needed funds for charity.
The 30-year-old, who suffers from autism and a rare eye condition called aniridia, has challenged herself throughout August to walk or cycle at least 10 miles a day to complete her 5,000-mile challenge before the end of the year.
And in the process, she will be raising money for national bereaved Forces children’s charity, Scotty’s Little Soldiers, who provide vital support to children and young people, up and down the country, who have lost a parent serving in the British Armed Forces.
Like the children supported by the charity, Laura knows only too well how difficult it can be to overcome life’s challenges. She said: “I like to be active and support other people. My condition means I have no iris in either eye which makes my eyes very sensitive. I also have autism but continue to encourage other people who have been through difficult challenges to do anything they want to do. It’s important to remember that anything is possible!”
As an avid footballer, Laura is always keen to push herself. In 2018 she completed 1,000 miles in 200 days for charity and this year she’s decided to go even bigger.
Her challenge starts on Saturday (1st) and will take her through to 14th December to complete. She’s hoping to raise £500 but more if she can.
Commenting on why she chose to raise money for Scotty’s Little Soldiers, Laura said: “Scotty’s do an amazing job. They make such a difference and I’m hoping by doing this challenge more people will become aware of who they are, what they do, and how they change the lives of children who have experienced so much at such a young age.”
Founded in 2010, Scotty’s Little Soldiers was set up by war widow Nikki Scott after her husband, Corporal Lee Scott was killed in Afghanistan the previous year, leaving behind two young children. Scotty’s Little Soldiers does lots of things to support its members, including providing access to the very best health and wellbeing care, offering educational support, and delivering outstanding development opportunities through a range of activity and educational grants. Scotty’s also helps put smiles back on those brave faces by providing respite breaks, posting the children birthday and Christmas presents and remembering the anniversary of their parent’s death, as well as arranging events where bereaved Forces children from all over the UK come together to have a great time and form friendships with kids in the same situation.
In recent months, the charity has had to adapt to the current climate and has been using modern technology to arrange exciting virtual events and activities to engage with its members, ensuring them that in uncertain times such as these they are not alone. They’ve also been providing a high volume of wellbeing support to families who are suffering from enhanced anxiety and other problems due to the current health crisis.
Nikki said: “Laura is such an inspiration, her attitude of anything is possible is so powerful, and as well as raising money, I have no doubt that she’ll inspire many more people to do the same thing. We’re delighted she has chosen Scotty’s as her charity and every penny she raises will go along way in helping us to continue to deliver a high level of support to hundreds of bereaved Forces children at a time when they need it the most. The current pandemic has been difficult for everyone, but our members have struggled. Having already lost a parent they are always on high alert, so continued funding means we can be there and do a lot more for them to get them through and reinforce that they are not going through this alone.”
To support Laura’s fundraising visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/laura-cartmill8