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Kiltwalkers raise £2m and counting for Scotland’s charities

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Final call to take part in Scotland’s Virtual Kiltwalk as milestone hit with less than a week to go

The countdown is on to one of Scotland’s top fundraising events.

Scotland’s Virtual Kiltwalk takes place this weekend, and 10,000 Kiltwalkers have already raised more than £2 million for nearly 1,000 Scottish charities.

The £1.4 million that has already been raised by those taking part this weekend (23 – 25 April) has been given a 50% boost by The Hunter Foundation, ensuring that 980 charities, badly hit by the pandemic, will receive a much-needed share of the £2.1 million cash pot by the first week in May.

Scots Philanthropist Sir Tom Hunter is challenging everyone in Scotland to sign-up and fundraise for the charity they care most about.

He said: “With less than one week until Scotland’s Virtual Kiltwalk, I’d like to challenge as many Scots as possible to do something really special and take my money! The Virtual Kiltwalk is so easy, all you need to do to start raising money for the charity closest to your heart is set yourself your own personal challenge, as long as it's socially distanced, and get going.

“The last year has been such a difficult time for charities across Scotland with many simply not receiving the support they need to do their wonderful work. Now it’s our job to do our best to support them by raising those all-important funds. The Kiltwalk is one of the most effective ways to support charities so, come on Kiltwalkers, you know what to do!”

The Virtual Kiltwalk event, which takes place April 23-25, is open to anyone and aims to raise funds for cash strapped charities across the country, which have struggled to secure donations amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Kiltwalkers are invited to wear tartan and complete their own personal challenge to raise funds for the charities closest to their hearts., The challenge can be anything, from walking to running, cycling to dancing, as long as it’s socially distanced. Each and every penny raised will be topped up by 50% by The Hunter Foundation.

The event has attracted support from a number of well-known Scots including Line of Duty star Martin Compston, Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti, and Scot Squad actor, Grado.

The virtual event will include several surprises for walkers along the way, including a giveaway, from headline sponsor Arnold Clark, of two hybrid Hyundai i20 cars and five electric bikes. Headline sponsor Royal Bank of Scotland are also offering their support.

Walkers can register online to take part and will receive a welcome pack and a medal on completion.

For further information about the Kiltwalk, visit the website.



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