Mother & son to run - & pipe - EMF 5K for Eilidh
Along with thousands of others, Morna O’May will be running Edinburgh Marathon Festival 5K (Saturday, 25 May) to raise money for a good cause.
Her chosen charity will be the Eilidh MacLeod Memorial Trust, set up in 2017 after the tragic loss of 14-year-old Eilidh at the Manchester Arena.
Growing up in a small tight-knit community on the Isle of Barra, a major part of Eilidh's life was her love of music. She was a keen bagpiper and was developing into a talented musician. She played in the local pipe band, and enjoyed the social side of travelling and competing with them too.
She was also a huge fan of American singer Ariana Grande – the artist she went to see at Manchester Arena where she sadly died along with 21 others in the attack on the venue.
The two main aims of the Trust set up in Eilidh’s name are to establish and maintain a permanent memorial to Eilidh on her home island of Barra which encapsulates her talents, innocence and joyful spirit; and to enable young people and children to continue Eilidh's musical journey by providing support to advance their music education, including tuition and performance opportunities, primarily but not exclusively in rural areas.
To raise funds for the Trust, O’May will be taking part in the EMF 5K alongside her son, Murray who will be piping her along the route.
She told runABC Scotland online: "I may not be a runner, but I believe that music education for young people is so important so, as supporters of this charity, I will run and Murray will pipe the 5K route.
"Murray will be alongside me with his bagpipes for the duration of the run. We feel that this is a fitting tribute for such a wonderful young lady who was a keen bagpiper and loved being part of her local pipe band."
If you'd like to support Morna in her fundraising efforts, you can do so through Justgiving.