Dunfermline North Councillor Auxi Barrera has raised £442 through the Kiltwalk for Autism Rocks - but she had to fight through the pain barrier.

It was a tough battle for Cllr Barrera who had injured her leg in preparation for the walk, but she managed to do as much as she possibly could in a fantastic effort.

Cllr Barrera said: “Since I decided to do the Kiltwalk I have been doing wee walks around home but unfortunately, I injured my left leg the week before and had to rest the entire week and take strong pain killers for it.

Dunfermline Press: Cllr Auxi Barrera still took part in the Kiltwalk despite injuring her leg.Cllr Auxi Barrera still took part in the Kiltwalk despite injuring her leg. (Image: Contributed)

“I started to be able to move better by Friday, so I decided to give it a go, and although I did not manage to walk the entire 15 miles, I did manage to walk seven miles before my leg decided that it had had enough and that it was time to call the recovery team who took me to the finish line.”

Autism Rocks do amazing work within the community and Cllr Barrera felt they were a more than worthy cause, especially after seeing first-hand the incredible work that they do.

Barerra said: “I wrote to Liz Quinn, CEO of Autism Rock, just a few days after I signed up for the Kiltwalk and she was very welcoming and kindly invited me over to see their hub during a session with teenagers.

Dunfermline Press: Cllr Auxi Barrera managed to complete seven miles of the Kiltwalk..Cllr Auxi Barrera managed to complete seven miles of the Kiltwalk.. (Image: Contributed)

“She and her team of volunteers showed me their space, activities, and games available for anyone with autism of any age. The space and activities are designed to make everyone feel secure and unjudged and for their parents, other family members or carers to have the tranquillity and the peace of mind that their loved ones are safe there.”

This is the most recent charity venture by Cllr Barrera after shaving her head and raising money for the Little Princess Trust in 2019 and supporting the Dunfermline Salvation Army through the Kiltwalk last year.

She said: “I would like to thank everyone that has supported me and donated to this amazing organisation, including Douglas Chapman MP who wrote to me wishing me good luck. I managed to raise £442 and the fundraising page still open for a few more days and I would love to reach the £500 target.

“Autism Rocks makes a real difference to so many lives and I would encourage anyone to donate to this cause to make a difference to the autistic people not only from Fife but from surroundings areas as well.”

If you want to support Cllr Barreras effort to raise funds for Autism Rocks then you can donate to her justgiving page.

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