SCOTTISH music sensations The Proclaimers have called on the public to start walking in order to help raise funds to feed children in some of the world’s poorest countries. 

Craig and Charlie Reid, known for hit songs such as I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles), are backing Scottish charity Mary’s Meals campaign Move for Meals. 

This aims to encourage people to raise sponsorship whilst getting active by either walking, cycling or swimming.

Charlie said: “We’re not asking you to walk 500 miles, or 500 more. With Mary’s Meals, just a small number of steps can help to feed hungry children across the world.”

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The twins, originally from Leith, Edinburgh, have supported the charity for several years.

Mary’s Meals workers serve nutritious school meals in countries where children have little or no access to food. 

The charity said the promise of a good meal also attracts hungry children to the classroom, giving them the energy to learn and hope for a brighter future. 

The average global cost to feed a child with Mary’s Meals for a whole school year stands at just £15.90. 

It reaches over 2 million children every school day in 20 countries, including Ethiopia, Syria and Haiti. 

Craig added: “Summer is here, and there’s never been a better time to get your walking shoes on and raise money for this great charity. 

“It costs just £15.90 to feed a hungry child with Mary’s Meals for an entire school year – so a little sponsorship can make a big difference.”

The hashtag #moveformeals can be used by those taking part if they wish to share their activity on social media.

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Head of grassroots engagement at Mary’s Meals Dan McNally said: “We serve Mary’s Meals in the world’s poorest, and often most difficult, locations because we know that’s where children need us the most. 

“Today, we face some of our greatest challenges yet in a world devastated by conflict, food insecurity and the cost of living crisis. 

“It is easy to feel hopeless when faced with so much suffering. But every single thing that people do for our mission makes an enormous difference to the children who eat Mary’s Meals.”