Walk will be big step for Penicuik’s Lauren

PENICUIK, Lauren Queripel, Strathesk Grove, who is to walk the Forth Road bridge for charity.
PENICUIK, Lauren Queripel, Strathesk Grove, who is to walk the Forth Road bridge for charity.

It takes more than cerebral palsy, epilepsy and visual impairment to stop young Penicuik girl Lauren Queripel in her tracks.

For the 12-year-old, who has a leg discrepancy and relies on a walking frame for support, has pledged to walk the length of the Forth Road Bridge on October 29 to raise much needed funds for children’s charity Kindred.

The gruelling challenge will see the gutsy lass walk one-and-a-half miles with her right leg still in plaster following major orthopaedic surgery to help improve her balance, muscle tone and gait.

Her mum Kathy told the Advertiser: “We are keen to raise awareness of Lauren’s challenge, as this will be such a big undertaking for her, because of her condition. It might take her a few hours to complete the walk, but she is very determined when she sets her mind to something.”

Read Lauren’s story in this week’s Advertiser - out now.