Stunning £1.36 million charities boost from Kiltwalk

The charitys ambassador, and X Factor star, Nicholas McDonald was at the hospital to celebrate the announcement, alongside Kiltwalks marketing executive Gillian Alexander and patient Rhys Burton.
The charitys ambassador, and X Factor star, Nicholas McDonald was at the hospital to celebrate the announcement, alongside Kiltwalks marketing executive Gillian Alexander and patient Rhys Burton.

Charities have received a massive fundraising boost from this year’s Royal Bank of Scotland Kiltwalk event in Glasgow.

A total of 7,293 charitable walkers took to the streets and raised an amazing £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.

A total of 540 walkers raising money to support babies, children and young people at Scotland’s largest 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.

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.”