Fundraising star lights up the night

Evan McConnachie holding his illuminated sign and joined by his big sister Leah on her pony Ted.
Evan McConnachie holding his illuminated sign and joined by his big sister Leah on her pony Ted.

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A fundraising superstar shone as he made his way through Carradale during a sponsored night walk which raised more than £1,000 for babies in need of neonatal care.

Nine-year-old Evan McConnachie carried an illuminated sign as he took part in a Little Lights sponsored walk from Carradale Harbour to Semple’s Post Office last Friday night in aid of Bliss, the UK’s leading charity for babies born premature or sick, which has worked to adapt its services throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

Evan was joined by his big sister Leah, aged 14, riding her pony Ted, who was lit up with fairy lights and wearing high-visibility clothing.

The Castlehill Primary School pupil was inspired to take on the challenge after a staff member at his school, and two of his aunties, all had children who required neonatal care.

So far, he has received an incredible £1,230 in sponsorship on his JustGiving page, with some money still to be donated.

Evan’s mum Louise said the walk was a ‘great success’, adding: ‘Although it was very wet, he brightened up everyone’s night. Thank you so much to everyone who has donated, it means a lot.’