A transgender woman from the Borders is aiming to raise £20,000 by completing a 32-mile walk wearing four inch high heels.
Jai Darra Latto, 22, is walking from her home village of Walkerburn, to Edinburgh Castle on Saturday, April 30.
She wants to raise the money for three lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) charities.
Her cross-country walk - exactly 31.94 miles - will take her more than 10 hours to complete and she is planning three costume changes along the route.
Born in Bangkok to an Indian/Thai mother and Scottish father, Jai was crowned Miss Transgender Scotland and Miss Transgender UK last year.
She is passionate about LGBT issues and wants to raise the money to support their charities.
The distance is to show time and length that many trans-people have to go to, to become their true identity. This may be with acceptance from society or the support they get with health care. The high heels are to show the difficulties there are while going through this process and also the pain that many trans-women get when they try and fit into a female stereotype. To raise my goal of £20,000 would be a dream, but anything, no matter how large or small, donated to these causes would be amazing. People often look at us as freak shows, drag queens or view transgender as being a fetish. I want to show we are normal people. Her chosen LGBT charities are The Sahodari foundation in India, Humsfara trust and the Thai Transgender Alliance. I want to make it easier for poor trans-pople in rural areas of these countries to have the same benefits and support that I have over here in Scotland.
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Nearly three million pounds of funding is now available to community projects in the Scottish Borders, and those aimed at improving the local economy.
The last phase of the Leader Funding Programme helped Selkirk Pop Up Shops, and Councillor Stuart Bell says it helps inspire businesses to be creative:
They're very often start up projects, so quite often what we're seeing is projects that are a new initiative, a new idea which is looking for start up funding in order to be in a position to explore the project and explore the idea and to develop it through to sustainability.
Police are growing increasingly concerned about a missing man from Jedburgh.
William Notley, 58, was last seen at around 10am on Monday, February 8, leaving an address in Bongate Gardens.
He sometimes sleeps outdoors or in remote farm buildings and barns, and has been known to travel on public transport around the Jedburgh area.
Recent low temperatures mean police are worried about his safety.
He is described as around 5ft 6ins tall and of slim build, with receding short brown hair and an English accent.
At the time of him going missing William wore heavy black trainers, olive green trousers, an olive green polo shirt, grey and black zip up cardigan, navy blue padded waistcoat and a navy blue hat.
We are carrying out various inquiries in the area in an effort to trace William as quickly as possible.
However, with the recent low weather temperatures we are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare.
I urge anyone who has seen William or has information on his possible whereabouts should contact police immediately on 101 or speak to any officer.”
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