A West Lothian woman did her best to cover 1,500 miles in six months to raise money for charity.

Aileen McDonald has been walking near her home in Bathgate every day since July to raise funds for various good causes.

The tenant of the West Lothian Housing Partnership (WLHP) took 3.6 million steps and walked 1,500 miles during that time, the equivalent of walking from Bathgate to Madrid, the capital of Spain.

And she raised over £ 800 in the process.

Aileen (59) raises money for a different charity each month including Diabetes UK, Sands, Prostate Cancer, The Salvation Army, Samaritans and the Mental Health Foundation. She also took part in an online beauty contest to raise money for good causes.

Aileen, who works in a canteen, said: “I love helping people and I walk a lot anyway, so if I can fundraise for charity at the same time that’s great.

“I have taken 3.6 million steps and walked 1,500 miles since July. I’m aiming for 12,000 steps a day. The maximum I have done in one day is 36,000, which is over 14 miles.

“Most people sponsor me every step of the way, but I try to wear a charity t-shirt when I go out, so sometimes strangers come and donate.

Aileen also competed in Northern Ireland beauty pageants and won the ‘most photogenic’ category in the ‘classic’ age group.

“I also competed in the Northern Ireland beauty pageants – and won the ‘most photogenic’ category in the ‘classic’ age group. It was another great way to help make money for NHS UK, Headway and Helping Hands. “

Lynsey Fotheringham, Housing Manager at WLHP, said: “It’s always nice to hear that our tenants go out of their way to help others. Everyone at WLHP wishes Aileen the best in their charitable endeavors.

Aileen added, “It’s awesome. Walking improved my mental health. It has helped me lose weight and stay healthy – and has also helped me fundraise for good causes. I will continue as long as I can.

Anyone interested in helping Aileen raise funds can visit her Just Giving page here: https://bit.ly/3JgDIEU

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