AN ELLON youngster who walked backwards for a day to raise money for Comic Relief has thanked her sponsors after she raised £300.
Nine-year old Amber Young, of Sandhaven Close, came up with the idea on her own initiative, asking friends and family for sponsorship for what could have been a potentially risky endeavour. The Auchterellon pupil subsequently spent all day Friday travelling backwards.
Mum Deborah told the Times: “I think she’s got a crooked neck from looking behind her, but she’s done really well, and we’re all really chuffed.
“She asked myself and her dad Edy how she would go about getting sponsorship, so we sent away for the Comic Relief fundraising pack. Most of her sponsors were friends, family and her teacher. Her Nana and Dad also got sponsorship from people they know, so she’s very pleased she eventually managed to reach the £300 mark.”
Deborah added that it was no mean feat spending the day in reverse.
“Amber had to walk to the bus backward - I went with her to make sure she got on alright- then the whole day at school, which I had asked her teacher about beforehand,” she said. “Lastly, she had to make her way to Girls Brigade in the evening.
“She spent Friday watching Comic Relief on television, and saw some of the poor countries where her sponsorship will be put to good use. It’s a valuable lesson for her to learn, and we’re very proud of her.”