Morpeth and District Soroptimists
Morpeth and District Soroptimists President Denise Alcock handed over a cheque for £700 to Olivia Giles for the charity 500 Miles at the Soroptimists’ Northern Region meeting on Saturday, September 13.
Morpeth Soroptimists had recently organised a very successful film evening to raise money for Olivia’s charity. The film Sunshine on Leith features The Proclaimers song I Would Walk 500 Miles, and so it was chosen as the perfect choice for the name of the charity.
Olivia is an inspirational lady, a solicitor who was struck down in the prime of life by meningitis and having both hands and feet amputated in order to save her life. She now feels that having two prosthetic legs has given her a second chance to enjoy her life.
Olivia’s aim is to help others with disabilities and get Africa up and walking. The charity supports, supplies and subsidises prostheses for the poor in Malawi, Zambia and to a limited extent in Zanzibar.
Olivia and all the competitors in the Invictus games recently held show us how resilient people can be with a little help. Anyone interested to find out more can go to www.500miles.co.uk or contact Olivia Giles at email@example.com