Glasgow Kiltwalk raises over a million pounds

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April's Kiltwalk event in Glasgow has just hit over a million pounds in donations 

9th August 2017 by Georgina Harris 0 Comments

This year’s Glasgow Kiltwalk has now raised over a million pounds in donations for charities across Scotland.

In April a total of 7,293 walkers took part in the event to raise money for various Scottish charities with the total reaching over £1.3 million.

Scottish philanthropist Sir Tom Hunter and The Hunter Foundation pledged to donate 140% of the money each walker raised to their chosen charity, however much the walker raised. This money has now been donated to 322 Scottish charities.   

The charity that benefitted the most from the event was Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, receiving £187,806.91 including the additional 40% from THF.

This money came from 540 walkers.  

Kirsten Sinclair, the charity’s director of fundraising, said: “It’s an incredible figure. The money raised will make a real and lasting difference to the lives of our young patients. The 40% fundraising boost is an amazing initiative that makes the Kiltwalk unique in its ability to turbocharge fundraising.”

Large sums of money were also raised for Beatson Cancer Charity and Calum’s Cabin, which received £125,677.97 and £80,170.57 respectively.

If any walkers chose to raise money for the Kiltwalk itself, the money was distributed through the STV Children’s Appeal.

Kiltwalk’s chief executive Paul Cooney said: “The Kiltwalk gets bigger every year and we truly believe it has the potential to become Scotland’s biggest charity event. With the Dundee and Edinburgh Kiltwalks still to come, it’s not too late to take part in 2017.”

Since 2011, Kiltwalk has raised over £4.8 million for Scottish charities. This year there have been four Kiltwalk events; one in Glasgow and Aberdeen with others on 20th August in Dundee and 17th September in Edinburgh.

An additional money raising aspect of Kiltwalk is the Kiltie Charity Boost programme, which generates donations through the Kiltie Volunteer Network. Once volunteers sign up, they can choose a charity to support and Sir Tom Hunter will donate £1.10 to that charity.

To sign up for the Dundee or Edinburgh Kiltwalks visit their website