‘I drew rainbows and found a pot of gold for charity’

Eight-year-old schoolgirl raises thousands of pounds for Spina Bifida charity which supports her sister.

A schoolgirl decorated her hometown with rainbows to raise money for a cause close to her heart.

Eight-year-old Laila MacRae has been doing all she can during the pandemic to help the charity Spina Bifida Hydrocephalu.

Her little sister Amber was born with the condition two years ago and is paralysed from the waist down.

By splashing rainbows across East Kilbride and taking part in the Kiltwalk, Laila put the ‘fun’ into fundraising by collecting more than £2000 for the charity.

She has now been crowned as a Scottish Power Foundation Charity Champion – which banked another £5000 for the pot.

Eight-year-old Laila MacRae draws rainbows with her sister Amber.STV News

As well as displaying her rainbows, Laila also raised money by completing a 2.6-mile Kiltwalk, despite suffering from juvenile arthritis herself.

Proud mum Leanne Belch said: “She’s so selfless and shows love and support on a daily basis at home – I think this is well deserved.

“During the first lockdown, all the events for the charity were getting cancelled, so we wanted to help them.

“They kept me going when I got Amber’s diagnosis at 22 weeks’ pregnant.

“You never know when you’re going to need a charity, and that’s why I think it’s important that people raise funds.”

Laila receives her award from Melanie Hill.STV News

Melanie Hill, from the Scottish Power Foundation, presented Laila with her award at home.

She said: “We thought it was amazing that someone so young could put so much selfless effort into supporting her little sister.”

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