Charity Walk challenge for teen

Ellon teenager Karolina Mya will take on the challenge for Guide Dogs
Ellon teenager Karolina Mya will take on the challenge for Guide Dogs

An Ellon Academy pupil is preparing to take part in a 192 mile walk for charity Guide Dogs.

Karolina Mya, 17, will start the Coast to Coast Walk on July 29 and she hopes to reach the end by August 11.

The teenager will tackle the challenge with her dad.

The walk route is 309km long and is a mostly unsignposted long-distance footpath in Northern England that passes through the Lake District National Park, the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and the North York Moors National Park.

Karolina is preparing to leave Ellon Academy in the summer and she plans to train for the event in the time between her final exams and starting university.

Speaking to the Times Karolina said: “Losing my sight has been one of my biggest fears ever since I can remember, I can’t bare the thought of waking up one morning and not being able to see my family’s faces again.

“Sight is really something we take for granted and knowing I am able to help the people who are blind or partially sighted in some sort of way just motivates me more to complete the trail.

“I am a bit worried about completing it but that comes with any challenge.

“I am mostly excited as I want to see how far I can push myself, I want to see where my limit is and beat it. I did this the last time I walked the West Highland Way as I slightly injured my knee about half way through, however I kept going the rest of the way as I really didn’t want to give up.”

To support Karolina visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/karolina-mya1.