Arran walks the (kilt)walk for Ailsa

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BUSBY boy Arran Culley may only be five — but he’s tackling a six mile trek in a kilt in honour of his younger cousin.

The Busby Primary pupil is taking part in the Wee Glasgow Kiltwalk around Loch Lomond in April to raise money for children’s charities, including Yorkhill Children’s Foundation and Clic Sergeant.

Half of Arran’s fundraising total will go to the Anthony Nolan Trust, in honour of his four-year-old cousin, Ailsa Croll, who has fought Aplastic Anaemia for two years, and is now at the Yorkhill hospital awaiting her second bone marrow transplant.

The P1 is one of nine kids tackling the Kiltwalk (including Ailsa’s sister Caitlin) and he has his sights set on a £2,000 total — which is why he asked dad Ron and mum Lisa to send a letter out to everyone they know (see Letters, p26).

Arran writes: “[Ailsa] needs something called a bone marrow transplant to make her better. The people who help get the medicine need money to keep going.

“My Daddy told me a story about a man called Barack Obama. He is president of the United States. He managed to become president because he asked everybody to give him one dollar. My Daddy says that I should ask for one pound for every mile that I walk. 6 x £1 = £6.”

Team Ailsa’s Bairns are definitely doing their sums right, having raised £1,017.68 so far — and Arran’s mum Lisa is “incredibly proud”.

She told The Extra: “He is taking his commitment very seriously and has been going out for “training walks” with his dad at every opportunity.

“He is determined to raise as much money as he can for all the charities who have helped his little cousin Ailsa and lots of other people who face similar battles.

“We hope to persuade a lot of people to donate a little and are hugely grateful to everyone who has already shown their support.”

Arran’s school are also rooting for the young fundraiser, and head teacher Sharon Hunter added: “In our eyes, Arran is a champion for going the extra mile to improve the lives of others.”

To sponsor Arran and the team, visit

You can also follow the young patient’s progress on the Ailsa’s Appeal Facebook page.