CHARITIES across Scotland have just received a monumental fundraising boost thanks to this year’s Royal Bank of Scotland Kiltwalk in Glasgow.
A total of 7,293 charitable walkers took to the streets in April – and their efforts have resulted in charities across Scotland receiving £1,364,384.
For every penny raised by a walker, Sir Tom Hunter and The Hunter Foundation pledged 140% to their chosen charity, with absolutely no limit. Now the money raised by walkers, and the resulting fundraising boost, has been distributed among 322 charities.
Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, which was the biggest beneficiary from the event, received £187,806.91, including the 40% boost. A total of 540 walkers raised money to support babies, children and young people at Scotland’s largest children’s hospital in Glasgow.
The charity’s ambassador, and X Factor star, Nicholas McDonald was at the hospital to celebrate the announcement, alongside Kiltwalk’s marketing executive Gillian Alexander and patient Rhys Burton.
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. The Kiltwalk has captured the imagination of our supporters, and there really is an event and route to suit everyone. I would encourage every charity to get behind the Kiltwalk and get as many people walking on their behalf as possible. We are delighted to be part of such an incredible event series.
“The Kiltwalk runs events which get bigger and better every year. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to all involved in the event, especially our amazing walkers who went above and beyond to support the babies, children and young people treated at the children’s hospital in Glasgow.”
Beatson Cancer Charity and Calum’s Cabin were also popular charities, receiving £125,677.97 and £80,170.57 respectively.
In Glasgow, Kiltwalkers combined to take more than 271 million steps on the day – burning more than 13.6 million calories between them in the process.
The Kiltwalk has been named as one of the top 25 mass participation events in the UK. For Kiltwalk’s Chief Executive, this is just the beginning. Paul Cooney said: “Raising this incredible amount of money for charity can only encourage more people to take part. This is a hugely impressive figure which will make a real and lasting difference to charities.
“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.”
Kiltwalk has raised more than £4.8 million for Scottish charitable causes since 2011. The first Kiltwalk 2017 took place in Glasgow on April 30, whilst the second took place in Aberdeen on June 4, the remaining dates are: Dundee (August 20) and Edinburgh (September 17).
This year’s fundraising was further boosted by a pledge from Platinum sponsors Arnold Clark that one lucky Kiltwalker from each 2017 event will win a brand new Renault Clio. Funds raised by those who choose to walk for the Kiltwalk itself were distributed through the STV Children’s Appeal.
Sir Tom Hunter and The Hunter Foundation also fund the Kiltie Charity Boost programme, which allows the Kiltie Volunteer Network to generate money for their chosen charities.
When Kilties sign-up, they will be asked which charity they would like to support and for every hour they volunteer Sir Tom Hunter will donate £1.10 to their charity.
To sign up for the Dundee or Edinburgh legs of the Royal Bank of Scotland Kiltwalk visit www.thekiltwalk.co.uk