A young girl with a remarkable story has been chosen to lead the Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity’s sponsored walk this September.

Isla Stewart-Lindsay, 13, has been given the honour of leading the historic 20th anniversary Children’s Hospital walk for its first in-person event in three years.

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Isla, who was born with rare life-threatening conditions affecting her oesophagus and heart, has spent an amazing 80 hours volunteering for Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity.

Jill Stewart, Isla’s mum, said: “The charity have always been in the background for us – both at Yorkhill and at the Royal Hospital for Children.

“A lot of the milestones like Halloween, Christmas and Easter we spent in hospital, so their support was a vital part of making things feel somewhat ‘normal’ for us.

She added: “We did the charity’s sponsored walk in 2019, just after her heart surgery.

“Her consultant was so impressed that Isla managed to walk the distance that she did.

“We are excited to be involved in it again – it's an amazing atmosphere on the day.

“Seeing the number of lives the charity has touched and all the people that turn up to support them is so humbling.”

Fundraisers can choose to walk 3km or 10km on Sunday, September 4.

Both routes will start and end in Kelvingrove Park, with all those involved encouraged to take part in the family fun day.

Becky Swindell, fundraising and events manager at Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “We can’t wait to come together with our hospital community for the first time in three years.

“It’s even more special as this is our 20th year of supporting families from across Scotland who come to our special children’s hospital for care. “We’d like to thank our generous sponsors, Balmore Group, for helping to bring this event to life.

“We are excited to see many of our families there on the day to soak in the atmosphere and celebrate 20 incredible years of their support. “We’d like to thank all of our generous donors and partners for helping to raise over £41m since our inception and for the incredible impact this has had on so many families through our charity-funded projects and support services.”