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Fiona’s Story about carrying the Baton in Dalkeith

My name is Fiona Wallace, I am a 50 year old resident in Mayfield, Dalkeith. For the last 25 years+ I have been heavily involved in the rights of people with learning difficulties through People First, a user led collective advocacy organisation based throughout Scotland. I am very passionate about advocating for people with learning difficulties to have the same lives as everyone else.

I am also very proud to be a member of Midlothian People’s Equality Group (MPEG) which is working towards an equal Midlothian.  We all work together with different groups with the aim of promoting equality in Midlothian.

I was recently nominated to carry the Queen’s Baton for the Commonwealth Games.  I was proud to take part in this and very pleased that I had been nominated.

I was very nervous about carrying the baton, and worried about dropping it but once I got started, I really enjoyed it.  The crowd was very supportive and cheered me on.

It was very exciting and I enjoyed it very much.  It was a great honour to have taken part in this event and something I didn’t think I would ever do.  I have had some challenges in my life and this was a very positive experience. 

Fiona Wallace