Busby lad Arran Culley walked a mile for every year of his life (and another for good measure) last weekend, all in honour of his younger cousin.
The Busby Primary pupil (5) took part in the Wee Glasgow Kiltwalk at Loch Lomond, tackling a six mile trek for the charities which have helped four-year-old cousin Ailsa Croll, who has battled Aplastic Anaemia for two years.
Arran was one of nine youngsters taking part in aid of the Anthony Nolan Trust, the Yorkhill Children’s Foundation and Clic Sergeant — and the group smashed their target of £2,000, raising a whopping £3,150.
Mum Lisa — who completed the full 23 mile walk — told The Extra: “Arran walked the six miles with not one grumble — in fact, he had a spring in his step crossing the finish line.
“He was so proud to have raised so much money for the charities that have helped Ailsa on her journey to recovery.”
Arran appeared in The Extra in February while training for his big walk — and the story also inspired a Busby couple to sign up and raise money for Ailsa’s Appeal.
Former Busby Primary janitor John Peachey and wife Agnes contacted the school after reading about Arran, and soon signed up for the half marathon — with all of their sponsorship going to Arran’s campaign.
Lisa added: “We were so humbled by their very kind offer and Arran was chuffed to bits.
“We also received quite a few donations from Extra readers, which was lovely.”
Next up on the Ailsa’s Appeal calendar is a family storytelling session, Dog Tales, on June 15, 3pm — tickets £4, available from www.brownpapertickets.com/event/621377.
Kiltwalking team SiMBA — featured in last week’s Extra — also completed the 23 mile hike, and are delighted to report that their fundraising total is approaching £5,000.
Clarkston’s Mairi Gallagher — one of 22 team members — said: “A great day was had by all - brilliant experience!”
It seems that southsiders were out in force at the Kiltwalk, as a teacher and pupil team from Belmont House School also managed to complete the charity challenge.
Boris Pichotka and senior pupil Jamie Robertson completed the 23 mile trek, and smashed their £250 target in the process — raising £261 for children’s charities.