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Welcome to 500 miles
500 miles founder Olivia Giles

Thank you for taking the time to visit 500 miles’ website.

We are a Scottish charity founded in 2007 to help people with mobility difficulties and to give them a chance to live independent lives. As a quadruple amputee myself, I know how important that independence is. The charity’s name comes from The Proclaimers’ famous lyrics, “I would walk 500 miles”, because that’s our aim – to get people with disabilities in Malawi and Zambia up and walking.

If you’d like updates on our activities, you can join our mailing list here. Through this you’ll receive our newsletter with our latest fundraising stories, project updates and patient stories.

I’ve been given a second chance to enjoy life – everyone else deserves that too. Our mission statement at 500 miles is that – “all who need and can use a prosthetic or orthotic device to improve their quality of life, will have that chance”.

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The BIG Dinner

So far, we’ve raised £118,000 of our £262,500 target – click here to see how you can help us.

Please help our final fundraising push to get people in Malawi and Zambia moving again.  

We need to raise £262,500. That’s equal to a new leg for 1,500 people who can’t afford to pay for one themselves. 

The easiest way might be for you simply to make a donation – but our last fundraiser is called the BIG dinner 2 because, with life returning to normal after Coronavirus, we thought that you might enjoy raising money by sitting down to eat with your family, friends and neighbours.

Just £18 buys a shoe raise which will help a young child; £55 pays for a new foot so someone can walk – but an average device, like a below knee prosthesis, costs £175 – hence our target being 1,500 of them!

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Keep up to date with all the 500 miles news

Our newsletter offers a regular update on all things 500 miles – from project updates and patient stories to supporter highlights. You can read the latest issue here. 

If you would like to receive links to our newsletters by email when they are issued, please send us your details on our newsletter page. And, if you’re already on our mailing list but you have changed your email address or would like us to use another one, please tell us by using the form on our contact page.

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