Kiltwalk breaks cash records - and there’s more to come

Cropolly lee paul cooney - kiltwalk ceo uche ikpeazu

Hearts stars Olly Lee and Uche Ikpeazu with Kiltwalk chief executive Paul Cooney

Kiltwalkers have raised the biggest amount ever this year, the mass fundraiser revealed

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12th September 2018 by Graham Martin 0 Comments

The Kiltwalk has raised a record amount for charities this year and there’s loads more cash still to come before 2018 is out.

Kiltwalkers have raised the biggest amount ever this year, the mass fundraiser revealed.

This year’s impressive effort means Scottish charities will receive at least £4.2 million; that’s £3m raised by kiltwalkers with a 40% top-up from The Hunter Foundation adding a further £1.2m.

More will be raised by those taking part in the Edinburgh Kiltwalk this Sunday, 16 September.

Heart of Midlothian’s Olly Lee and Uche Ikpeazu have asked the city’s football fans to add to this year’s record-breaking total.

This Sunday’s event starts at Holyrood Park in the heart of the capital, before finishing at BT Murrayfield stadium, the home of Scottish Rugby.

By walking, Hearts fans can support Big Hearts Community Trust, the official charity partner of the club, which helps football look after its own, as well as more than 1,000 other Scottish charities.

Midfielder Lee said: “The Edinburgh Kiltwalk is the perfect event for all the family to take part in and raise money for charity. Big Hearts Community Trust supports hundreds of local families affected by social isolation and the generous donations raised will help improve the lives of the most vulnerable across the city.

For every £1 raised, £1.40 will go to walkers’ chosen charities. This comes after Sir Tom Hunter and The Hunter Foundation pledged that 140% of all fundraising at each of the four 2018 Royal Bank of Scotland Kiltwalk events will go to charity. 

The Kiltwalk was recently named the UK’s fastest growing outdoor charity event of 2017 and this year’s numbers are even higher with 20,000 walkers helping 1,150 charities all over Scotland.

Kiltwalk chief executive Paul Cooney said: “The £4.2m raised so far this year will make an enormous difference to charities, large and small, all over Scotland. This movement is going from strength to strength and we could not do it without the support of the public, our sponsors, charity partners, Kiltie volunteers, STV Children’s Appeal and the media who have been incredibly supportive. 

“Sir Tom Hunter’s 40% top-up is unique and people have responded in massive numbers to walk for what they care about.”

Nearly 5,000 walkers in Edinburgh will be fed and entertained throughout the course with water donated by Strathmore, chocolate biscuits from Tunnock’s, shortbread from Walkers and soup from the Scottish Soup Company.

People of all ages and abilities can take part in the Edinburgh Kiltwalk. The near marathon-distance Mighty Stride begins at 9.30am at Holyrood Park, while those taking part in the 15.5-mile Big Stroll will leave from Pinkie Playing Fields at Musselburgh. The five-mile Wee Wander at Gypsy Brae, which begins at 12pm, is suitable for the whole family.

To sign up for the Edinburgh Kiltwalk visit here.