Press Release: The Daily Mile founder awarded MBE in New Year Honours List


Elaine Wyllie, former head teacher and founder of the well-known children’s fitness initiative, The Daily Mile, has been awarded an MBE for services to the fitness of children in the New Year Honours lists.  Elaine is honoured among an incredible list of over 1,000 people, the majority for and outstanding work in their communities.

The recognition comes after an incredible year for both Elaine and the Foundation in which The Daily Mile was acknowledged by Prime Minister, Theresa May in Parliament back in May as an “excellent programme” and called on schools to sign up.  In July, the Government’s Childhood Obesity strategy was published and included the ‘fantastic Daily Mile initiative’ as a way to ‘improve the physical, social and mental wellbeing on our children regardless of age, ability or circumstance.’

The Daily Mile founder Elaine Wyllie says: “The response to The Daily Mile campaign in 2018 has been absolutely phenomenal.  We now have nearly 7,000 schools signed up in 55 countries, meaning children across the UK and the world are getting fit for life and establishing healthy habits in their early years.  I am very grateful to be recognised in the New Year Honours list and delighted that the work of the Foundation has been acknowledged.”



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