A BARRHEAD schoolgirl has completed a sponsored walk for charity just months after having an operation to straighten her foot and improve her mobility.

Emma Wilson, who was diagnosed with mild cerebral palsy when she was four, made her way along the town’s Levern Walkway over the course of several days to raise cash for Barnardo’s Barrhead.

The condition affects her right side and she will always need to wear an ankle-foot orthosis to help prevent her foot turning inwards.

The operation took place in January and Emma, who turns eight in a few weeks, was still using a wheelchair to get about just days before she began her challenge last month.

“Her daddy Ian and I are extremely proud of her,” mum Amanda told the Barrhead News.

“It was probably one-and-a-half to two miles all in but we didn’t want her to overdo it so soon after her operation, which was to straighten her foot as her cerebral palsy had caused it to turn in.

“She completed the walkway from start to finish but she did it in three stages, as she was still recovering from her op.

“She is our superstar.”

Thankfully, the surgery earlier this year went well and Hillview Primary pupil Emma is now fully recovered, although she may need further operations in future.

Outwith school, she is a member of the 7th Barrhead Brownies and took on the sponsored walk because she loves earning badges by doing different activities.

After deciding to complete her charity badge and support Barnardo’s, which raises money to help vulnerable children, Emma went to the charity’s fundraising shop at the

Westbourne Centre to speak with staff about what they do.

“Even though Emma has cerebral palsy, she will give her very best to anything she does and will try most activities,” Amanda added.

“She raised £220, which has been handed into the shop in Barrhead.

“The staff were so grateful and even gave Emma a present for her generous fundraising.

“She would like to thank everyone for their kind donations.”