On Sunday 11 May, more than 2,000 people will walk distances ranging from 6 miles to 26 miles at the Edinburgh KiltWalk to raise funds for some of the most vulnerable children in the country. Money raised via The KiltWalk goes to numerous Scottish children’s charities, including the Sick Kids Friends Foundation, CLIC Sargent, Cash for Kids and CHILDREN 1ST and we spoke to two members of CHILDREN 1ST who are participating in The KiltWalk to tell us how important the event is.
Jodie Campbell, who is 22, is Regional Fundraiser for CHILDREN 1ST and is extremely enthusiastic about the charity and its partnership with The KiltWalk. “We’re thrilled that for the first time CHILDREN 1ST is a core partner in The KiltWalk and will receive a percentage of all sponsorship money. Every penny we raise stays in this country to be spent on helping every child have a happy, healthy, safe and secure childhood.” Not only does Jodie work for CHILDREN 1ST, she’s also a KiltWalker. Jodie suffers from hypermobility Ehlers–Danlos syndrome (EDS), a condition which causes nausea as well as joint, tummy and nerve pain. The condition causes joints to hyper-extend without the sufferer being aware, often resulting in muscle tearing or even dislocation. Experts advise sufferers of EDS like Jodie to “avoid standing for long periods of time”, and yet Jodie walked 23 miles for charities like CHILDREN 1ST. You can add to Jodie’s fundraising via her Virgin Money Giving page.
CHILDREN 1ST, the working name for the Royal Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, provides 52 services including ParentLine Scotland, a confidential advice line for anyone caring for or concerned about a child that is open seven days a week, 365 days a year via telephone and email. Judith Staley, another KiltWalker, has volunteered for ParentLine Scotland for 9 years. She said, “As a volunteer, I know how much great work CHILDREN 1ST and all the other charities do to support children in Scotland. As CHILDREN 1ST is celebrating its 130th year, and Parentline Scotland its 15th, I thought it was fitting to get together a team of volunteers, friends and family to participate in this fantastic event“. You can support Judith’s “ParentLine Posse” via their Virgin Money Giving page.
Carey McEvoy, who founded the KiltWalk in 2011, told us “We’re very excited about returning to Edinburgh and Murrayfield Stadium. It’s a lovely route taking in the Forth river, Holyrood Park, Parliament and a lot of Edinburgh’s leafy walkways and got a lot of good reviews last year. We’ve passed the 2,000 walker mark this year which is great and hopefully will help us raise around £400,000 for causes.” Carey also told us that a local primary school, Cramond Primary School, will have about 100 people taking part in the Wee Walk from Cramond to Murrayfield to raise money for a new playground project called Our Place – all their sponsorship money will go to the KiltWalk who will then award them a grant of 75%, with the rest going to the partner charities.
Virgin Money Giving are proud to be the official fundraising partner of such a great event which changes the lives of some of the most vulnerable children in the country. To donate to the event, sponsor one of the fundraisers or donate directly to the charity at their Virgin Money Giving page.