Student clocks up miles for charity’s refugee appeal


AN A-level student will be taking time out from her hectic exam schedule in June to complete at least 285 miles to raise money for The British Red Cross.

Eilidh Aindow, 18, is in her final year at Haslingden High School and Sixth Form and decided to undertake the Miles for Refugees.

She said: “I saw this advertised on social media and I thought it would be a good thing to do as I have always been interested in charity.

“You can set your own challenge and do whatever activity you want to do, so I have chosen cycling and walking.”

Eilidh, from Rawtenstall, has not been on a bike since February because she contracted Covid and it had a bad effect on her lungs.

She is now in training so that she will be able to complete the challenge next month.

Eilidh said: “I believe that every refugee matters, no matter what their background.

They are always escaping a desperate situation.”

She voiced concern over the government’s controversial plan to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda in Africa and said: “I don’t agree with them sending people to a country like that.”

Fundraisers undertaking the Miles for Refugees can complete one of six distances: 22 miles – the distance across the English Channel from France to England; 285 miles – the distance from Paris to London which Eilidh has selected; right up to 555 miles the distance from Turkey to Croatia,

She said: “If I go past 285 miles then I will keep on going to the end of the month and see how far I can go.”

During the challenge, she will also be studying for her final A level exams in German, PE and English Literature with her last exam on June 21.

Anyone who wants to support Eilidh can visit