Lord Provost & International Office of Glasgow City Council

Brian Kelly, a volunteer, and Gillian Walsh, a senior officer, with the Lord Provost’s International Office, have been the driving force behind the Office’s huge, regular and continuing support of 500 miles ever since it constructed our first 500 miles Centre for us in Lilongwe in 2008 along with Glasgow City Building.  They have gone on to support all of our projects in a variety of invaluable ways.

Sophies Minde Ortopedi AS

Rune Nilsen is a senior prosthetist/orthotist at a Norwegian prosthetics and orthotics centre called Sophies Minde Orthopedi.  Rune, who is very experienced in international development work, has generously and willingly assisted 500 miles with detailed information and extremely constructive guidance from the outset.  Rune’s colleague, Andreas Huck, designed the layout of the 500 miles Centre in Mzuzu for us. Website →

Paolo Patruno

Paolo is a photographer focused on humanitarian issues and social-documentary.  His skill is creating evocative, compelling images which promote action and change for the sake of the most vulnerable people in the world. The majority of the photographs on this website were taken by Paolo. Website →

Kate Watson

Kate volunteered at one of the outreach destinations of FlySpec, Mongu Cheshire Home, in May 2010. Using her filming skill she made the two short patient video stories about Simona and Kumayando which appear under Patient stories. Website →

Bob Murison

Based in Edinburgh, Bob is an award-winning copywriter and communications professional. As well as managing the content of this website and 500 miles’ email updates, he is responsible for the design of our newsletters. Website →

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Scott Murray is the Managing Director of Virtuo which is promoting an exciting new scheme called “You Give We Give” through which investors who back a range of socially responsible investments from ethical portfolios, can choose to give a percentage of the annual profit (if any) from their individual portfolio to charity. The investor can choose (and change) their charity but Virtuo have kindly selected us
as one for consideration. Website →

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Fi Shapcott and Julie Diver run this Edinburgh charity where they take the best quality and much-loved clothing that kids (0 to 8yrs) have grown out of and redistribute to those in need. KLC sometimes receives shoes and very kindly now donates those which are suitable to us. Website →

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From our very early days Mike Smith’s team at the Morningside Edinburgh branch of Mail Boxes Etc has met our every mailing, packaging, design and stationery need. Website →


When managing and supporting operations so far from home, logistical efficiency is very important. UPS have played a major role for us, providing a reliable and friendly service for fantastic value.

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My good friend Gloria Kerr, owner of our local pub in Edinburgh, donates £1 to 500 miles for every One Smile sandwich which they sell.  It’s a prawn and salmon special!

Jean Terry

Jean designs, makes and sells beautiful greetings cards for 500 miles which have proved extremely popular wherever they have offered. She makes a donation to 500 miles of 20% of sales.


John and Elaine Stephen set up Walkodile to help adults manage walks more effectively, so children get out more often and learn more.  The Walkodile website has prominent adverts for 500 miles on each page. Website →