Dundee Kiltwalkers raise £850,000 for charities

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Around 3000 participants took part in the event on Sunday.

19th August 2019 by Gavin Stuart 0 Comments

Thousands of walkers raised £850,000 for charities in Dundee’s biggest Kiltwalk yet.

Around 3000 participants took part in the event on Sunday, with half completing the 25-mile Mighty Stride from the Old Course in St Andrews to Monifieth, Angus.

They were joined on the 18th fairway by businessman Sir Tom Hunter, sports presenter Jim White, Judy Murray OBE, Paralympic tennis champion Gordon Reid MBE, STV Weatherman Sean Batty and Scots soap star Tom Urie.

Another 700 more walkers set off from Tayport on the 11-mile Big Stroll and a further 800 completed the six-mile Wee Wander from the Dundee V&A.

In total, the kiltwalkers raised £600,000, which was topped up with another £250,000 from Sir Tom.

So far, Kiltwalk has raised £4.5m for charities across the country, including Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, STV Children’s Appeal and Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland (SBH Scotland), following events in Glasgow and Aberdeen.  

Kiltwalk chief executive Paul Cooney said: “A huge thank you to each and every Kiltwalker for clocking in the miles today. This huge amount of money raised at the Dundee Kiltwalk today will match the total amount raised from all four Kiltwalks three years ago.  Kiltwalk is growing and we want to thank everyone who has generously sponsored our walkers today. 

“I’d like to thank everyone for their Kiltwalk kindness, including Sir Tom and The Hunter Foundation, for giving Scotland an amazing opportunity for people to raise money for the charities they care about most.” 

Leading out the Mighty Stride was Jennifer Brown, raising money for Brothers In Arms, a charity dedicated to preventing suicide in men, walking in memory of her cousin, Mark. Also leading out the marathon walk was Yvette Anderson, fundraising for the Kevin Christie Fund, which was set up to support the Carnoustie local, who was involved in a freak accident that left him paralysed from the neck down.

 Mairi Stewart led the Big Stroll, raising money for Children’s Cancer & Leukemia Group, a charity that offers support to her daughter, Ruby. Six-year-old Millie Pauley, who lives with a rare illness TUBA 1a, lead out the Wee Wander with her mother, Emma.

The next and final walk of the year takes place in Edinburgh on 15 September.