A BIG-HEARTED teenager is walking miles in tartan so more young girls like her can become inspired by science.

Rebecca Marshall, 17, is planning on taking part in a Kiltwalk to raise money for local youth charity yipworld and their mission to get more people interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

The Cumnock teen began volunteering with the community group as she has always been passionate about working with kids.

After noticing the charity was running low on equipment for the kids she decided to grab her walking shoes and raise funds to buy new resources.

Now bosses have plans pour the cash raised into their STEM drop in events that aim to encourage more locals into the industry.

They are hoping the events will make young girls excited about the world of math and engineering and even make them consider a career in the field to make the industry more equal.

Rebecca said: “I’m inspired by the work yipworld and all they do for the community and wanted to support them by raising money as part of my participation in Edinburgh Royal Bank of Scotland Kiltwalk 2019.

“I have been volunteering for a while, I have always liked working with kids.

“I started coming to yipworld after school to help out and really enjoyed it.

“I am fundraising to help get new equipment for the kids.

“It could help get stuff like paint and pencils will help but I will let yipworld decide what they want to do with the money

“I have a good connection with the kids and I like to help out and teach them stuff.

“There isn’t very much in Cumnock but yipworld can give young people something to do.

“The organisers are good as well, they are always there if you need to talk to them about anything going on in your life.

“I just want to give back to them now.

“I started college in a few weeks to do sport and fitness but I will still volunteer at yipworld once a week.

yipworld bosses said: “Rebecca has been helping out as one of our most committed volunteers.

“She has clearly got strong sort of social responsibility as a young person , now along with her mum she is planning on participating in the Kiltwalk.

“The money she raised can be used in our drop in the evenings that focus on science technology engineering and maths (STEM).

“We host them to help young people get inspired into the industry, especially girls, and learn more about STEM.

“Funds can help us buy more equipment like virtual reality headsets and other resources.”

“These things are important to help young people understand and learn while having a lot of fun and making friends.

“We want young girls especially to consider getting involved in the industry and consider a career in maths and science.

“We think boys and girls should be equal and all learn together.

“Culture is changing constantly and we don’t want to be stuck in the same place, it is a lot about moving toward and creative learning that’s why we want to focus on STEM.”