Kiltwalkers make an impression

26th September 2018

A team of 62 of our supporters, ranging in ages from 2 to 75, braved the four-seasons-in-one-day weather to take on this year’s Edinburgh Kiltwalk, raising a fantastic £14,000 in the process towards our work

Kiltwalk for Meningitis Now

The team was organised by our Scottish Community Ambassadors Margaret McLaren from Glasgow and Alison Yelland from Edinburgh. Thirty-one team members walked 24 miles, 29 walked 15.5 miles and nine did the Wee Wander of five miles.

Among those taking part were our founder Steve Dayman, Chief Executive Tom Nutt and Finance Director Dawn Rochester. The marathon walk, which takes in all the iconic sights of the Scottish capital, saw 5,000 people in total striding out, representing 1,000 charities. 

Also joining in were Alison’s daughter Fiona and Margaret’s daughter Morven, who are both Young Ambassadors for us, and our recently-appointed Scottish Community Ambassador James Duff.

Special birthdays

Both Alison and Margaret are celebrating a special birthday this year; Alison on the very day of the Kiltwalk itself. Meningitis awareness was certainly boosted when she was pulled up on stage for a rousing chorus of ‘Happy Birthday’ from 2,000 people.

“The main aim for us apart from raising some funds and awareness of meningitis was 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,” Margaret added. “Taking part in the Kiltwalk was not just for Meningitis Now but to remember him too – he inspires me every day to continue my work as an ambassador for the charity."

Alison’s daughter Fiona contracted bacterial meningitis in October 2011 when she was 15. Fortunately she made a complete recovery. 

Tom said, “We’re so grateful to Margaret, Alison, Morven, Fiona, James and everyone on the team for their support. We must have been one of the biggest charity contingents, and the whole event was enjoyable, moving and great for raising our profile within Scotland.”