Fundraising walk raises cash for CHAS

at the finish: Oldmeldrum teen Naomi, pictured with friends from Oldmeldrum and Aberdeen who came out to support her on a 13.5 mile walk.'Picture: Susann Brown
at the finish: Oldmeldrum teen Naomi, pictured with friends from Oldmeldrum and Aberdeen who came out to support her on a 13.5 mile walk.'Picture: Susann Brown

A MELDRUM teenager has raised a remarkable amount of money for a children’s charity.

Fourteen-year-old Naomi Kumar decided to do a thirteen-and-a-half mile sponsored walk for CHAS (Children’s Hospice Association Scotland) after she learned about Claire House through Children in Need. She explained: “I raised £150 for Children in Need by selling muffins and collecting donations. I saw something about Claire House on television and I contacted them. They put me in touch with CHAS.

“What they do for children really touched my heart. The children are given a safe environment to just be children to their very last day, with all the support they need and also support for their families during bereavement after their child has passed away.”

Naomi’s walk, which circumvented Oldmeldrum five times, has been a long time in the planning. She said: “I started planning this after Christmas when I first e-mailed CHAS, telling them how much their work touched me. I went along to meet their fundraising team and they helped me along with it.”

At the end of the walk, accompanied by her friends, Naomi said she felt “really tired” and added: “We have raised over £450 which I am really pleased about. I haven’t got my total as I’ve still got collecting cans at Meldrum Academy and I may well do some activities at my youth group to raise more.

“I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who supported me.”

To support Naomi in raising money for CHAS, visit www.justgiving.com/Naomi-Kumar.