Kiltwalk team numbers 52 and counting

14th August 2018

A team of 52 of our supporters is taking on this year’s Edinburgh Kiltwalk in September to fight back against the devastation that meningitis brings

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Margaret McLaren from Glasgow and Alison Yelland from Edinburgh, both Community Ambassadors for us, have put together Team Tangerine to take on the Mighty Stride and help them celebrate significant birthdays this year – Alison’s on the very day of the kiltwalk.

They’ll be joined by our founder Steve Dayman, who has raised over £2 million through previous walks, and our Chief Executive Tom Nutt, for the marathon walk which takes in all the iconic sights of the Scottish capital. 

Raising the profile

Also joining them will be Alison’s daughter Fiona and Margaret’s daughter Morven, who are both Young Ambassadors, and newly appointed Community Ambassador James Duff, from Glasgow. Family members and friends make up other team members and Alison is keen for more supporters to sign up and join the team.

“The main aim for us apart from raising some funds and awareness of meningitis is also to raise the profile of Meningitis Now in Scotland and the work that we do to support families who have been affected by meningitis,” Margaret said. 

“I lost my nephew Calum to bacterial meningitis in October 2007 when he was 12. Taking part in the Kiltwalk will not only be for Meningitis Now but to remember him too – he inspires me every day to continue my work as an ambassador for the charity."

Big birthdays to celebrate

Alison added: “We’ve both have big birthdays this year so decided to take on the Kiltwalk to mark the occasion. We’re really looking forward to it – I’m sure it will be an emotional but memorable day and we’d love as many supporters as possible to join us.” 

Fiona contracted bacterial meningitis in October 2011 when she was 15. Fortunately she made a complete recovery. The Edinburgh Kiltwalk takes place on Sunday 16 September and the Mighty Stride covers 24 miles. Those taking part get a medal and there are entertainments and refreshments throughout the walk and at the finish. 

Fundraising boost

Thanks to support from The Hunter Foundation charity walkers will receive not only their sponsorship funds but an additional 40 per cent fundraising boost. Gillian Marshall, our Scotland Community Fundraising Officer, added: “We’re so grateful to Margaret, Alison, Morven, Fiona, James and everyone on the team for their support. 

“Their efforts will make a real difference to those in Scotland who are at risk from meningitis and those whose lives have already been changed forever because of it.” 

Any supporters interested in joining the team please email andrewh@meningitisnow.org in the first instance.