A 50-year-old woman who 'woke up blind' has put her best foot forward to raise nearly £30,000 for Talking Books for the blind.

She persuaded friends, family and even complete strangers to join her on one of the four Kiltwalks that take place each year in Scotland. She, herself, has done Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee, completing the Edinburgh one just last Sunday.

Elizabeth, from Penilee, lost her own sight to diabetic retinopathy and other health conditions. "I literally woke up blind one morning," she says.

The money she and her fellow walkers have raised will fund more Talking Books by the sight loss charity RNIB, of which she is an active volunteer.

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She knows the difference RNIB's Talking Books library can make to the lives of people who are blind or partially sighted.

"RNIB helped me a great deal when I lost my sight," she says. "That's why I decided to do all four Kiltwalks to raise funds for RNIB this year. I couldn't imagine not being able to read the same books that everyone else does."

Elizabeth's guide-dog Kiki joined her on the treks. The Kiltwalks allow anyone to raise funds for the charities and causes they care about, which receive a 40 per cent top-up from The Hunter Foundation.

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Angela Preston, fundraising manager for RNIB Scotland, praised Elizabeth. "Elizabeth has been tireless in her efforts to engage with all four Kiltwalks this year," she said. "She has organised, persuaded, inspired and accompanied people taking part in support of Talking Books. That, together, we've all been able to raise such a fantastic amount in total is in no small part thanks to her.

"I should also thank the various commercial companies whose staff have volunteered their efforts for us as well. We have received magnificent support from Shell Aberdeen, Aberdeen Standard Investments, the Department of Work and Pensions' Edinburgh office, Sainsbury's Bank and RBS Gogarburn.

"Together, they have made a tremendous difference to the lives of people with sight loss."