TWO Borders sisters have taken on a 100-mile walking challenge to help raise money for homeless people in Scotland.

Annie (seven) and Ellen (10) Allan from Lamancha, alongside their mum Ruth are aiming to have walked the distance by the end of the month to help raise money for Shelter – a charity which supports people facing homelessness.

“I have been worried about the homeless people particularly in Edinburgh,” said Annie.

“I don’t like seeing people getting cold because I once saw a homeless man crying. I want to raise money so they have some warmth and somewhere to go to live.”

Annie was moved to tears during a visit to Edinburgh last year, explained Ruth, after seeing a homeless man crying.

“She cried all the way home,” said Ruth.

It was a suggestion made by Ellen that they do something to raise money for charity which inspired their challenge. The family had originally set a fundraising target of £500, however, at the time of publication they had more than doubled this, raising £1,005 after completing 77 miles of their challenge.

Ruth added: “Some of the walks have been harder than others, especially with the recent icy gales. Everyday they get donations which really spurs them on.”

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