IT’S a remarkable effort that has seen her distinctive blue ribbons pinned to lapels of some of the best-known VIPs in the world.
Dyslexic schoolgirl Ellie Gordon- Woolgar has distributed more than 20,000 ribbons to raise awareness of her condition, receiving backing from the likes of Grand Prix legend Sir Jackie Stewart and Princess Beatrice.
Inspirational Ellie, 13, from Mortonhall, decided on the blue ribbon idea last year after being inspired by the success of the poppy and pink breast cancer ribbon appeals.
As a result of her tireless campaigning, the St George’s School for Girls pupil has now been made a young ambassador for Dyslexia Scotland and is to give a presentation at the Scottish Parliament.
She was diagnosed as suffering from dyslexia at the age of nine and it was her determination to not be treated differently which has driven her campaigning.
The hockey-loving schoolgirl launched her ribbon appeal last year and, such was its success, charity chiefs have agreed to roll it out nationwide.
Ellie, who has three sisters, two of whom are dyslexic, said: “I didn’t want to be dyslexic.
“It kind of felt like a disease, like it was a bad thing to have. That was because I didn’t understand what it was, I didn’t want to be different.
“Now I’m not embarrassed about it at all and I can quite openly talk about it.
“I want to educate people so they understand that dyslexics are clever, out-of-the-box thinkers and just as clever as everyone else.
“I want people to embrace their dyslexia and achieve their goals.”
Ellie has won some considerable celebrity backing since she began her campaign last year. She has received letters of support from Dyslexia Scotland president Sir Jackie, left, who also suffers from dyslexia and once said it had blighted his life.
The driving ace has pledged to wear one of her ribbons throughout Dyslexia Awareness Week which kicks off today and runs until Saturday.
First Minister Alex Salmond and DJ Grant Stott have also backed her campaign.
She will now lead a group of 12 dyslexia sufferers from schools across the Capital and the Lothians to the Scottish Parliament on November 13 where they will meet with MSPs.
Dyslexia Scotland chief executive Cathy Magee said: “We are proud and privileged to have Ellie as our first Young Person’s Ambassador. Ellie first launched this campaign in Edinburgh and it was such a huge success that she persuaded us to run a Scotland-wide campaign.
“The ribbons are fast running out due to the popularity of the campaign.”
Nearly 20,000 blue ribbons have been distributed over the past month, including to around 70 schools.