Gym goers at Pure Gym Charing Cross were met by a whole host of south-side celebrities training for the Royal Bank of Scotland Kiltwalk which takes place in Glasgow on April 30.
River City star Tom Urie, who appears in T2 Trainspotting, plans to use the Kiltwalk as a way to continue his battle to beat the bulge after he unveiled his dramatic 12 stone weight loss at the start of this year. He was joined by former River City actor Garry Sweeney and Only an Excuse writer Phil Differ.
All three are ambassadors for Spirit Aid, a charity based in Glasgow which works to alleviate hardship and suffering experienced by children and young people around the world. The stars will raise money for Spirit Aid which already has over 200 people committed to walking the Glasgow Kiltwalk to raise funds for the charity.
Patrick Rolink communications manager at Spirit Aid, said: “It’s good to see the guys getting ready for the Glasgow Kiltwalk which is set to be a long day, 26 miles long to be exact! We can’t thank them enough for giving up their precious time to show their support. We want to encourage as many people as possible to join Tom, Garry and Phil by signing up for the Kiltwalk and raising money for Spirit Aid.”
This follows the recent announcement from Sir Tom Hunter who has pledged 110 per cent of all fundraising at each of the four 2017 Royal Bank of Scotland Kiltwalk events will go to charity.
Paul Cooney, chief executive of the Kiltwalk, added: “8,000 people took part in the Kiltwalk last year raising almost £900,000. We are so pleased with this result but this year we want to do even better and get even more people walking and raising money for charities close to their hearts. All you have to do is sign-up online to register for any of the four walks being held this year across Scotland. If we raise £1 million in 2017, The Hunter Foundation will add £100,000 to this, with every penny going to walkers’ chosen charities.”
An initiative has been set up to turbocharge fundraising with a pledge from platinum sponsors Arnold Clark that one lucky Kiltwalker from each of the four 2017 events will win a brand new car.
Kiltwalk has raised around £3.5 million for Scottish charitable causes since 2011. Walkers who choose Kiltwalk as their charity see all of their fundraising going to deserving causes via the STV Children’s Appeal. Every registered charity in Scotland is now able to benefit from the fundraising efforts of generous Kiltwalkers.
To register, visit www.thekiltwalk.co.uk