Meningitis Now staff member Andy Hopkinson

Meningitis Warriors don their tartan for the Glasgow Kiltwalk

Andy Hopkinson | 30th March 2022

A big-hearted team of meningitis warriors will be getting their tartan out to take part in the Glasgow Kiltwalk next month

Meningitis Warriors don their tartan for Glasgow Kiltwalk fundraiser

Their fight back against meningitis will be led by our Scottish Community Ambassador James Duff, in memory of his one-year-old nephew Kristopher, who died from meningitis in 1997.

He’ll be joined on the day by JDFZ Meningitis Warriors team members Tracy Thomson, Donna Ferguson and Lynda Williamson, who, with James, will be taking on the 23 miles of The Mighty Stride. Liz Smith and Kirsty Wallace are taking on the shorter, but still mighty, 15-mile Big Stroll.

The Glasgow Kiltwalks take place on Sunday 24 April, with the Mighty Stride route starting in the city's Glasgow Green. The Big Stroll leaves from Clydebank and both walks make their way out to the finish line in the idyllic surroundings of Balloch. If you see our walkers en-route be sure to give them a wave and a cheer of encouragement.

Long-standing supporter and fundraiser

James is a long-standing supporter and fundraiser for us, both before and since becoming a Community Ambassador in 2018. All money raised from the team’s Kiltwalk efforts will go towards his London Marathon fundraising – he’s running it for the third time for us this year.

And one of the many great things about the Glasgow Kiltwalk is that every single penny raised for charity gets topped up by a huge 50 per cent, thanks to the generosity of Sir Tom Hunter and The Hunter Foundation. That means £100 raised becomes £150 to help fight meningitis and support our lifesaving and life-changing work.

James told us: “This a cause close to my heart. My family knows only too well the effects meningitis can have.

Never get over it

“It was many years ago now that my sister lost her wee boy Kristopher, who was just one. Although it was many years ago, you never get over something like that.

“My sister has always wanted to raise money for Meningitis Now and didn't know how to go about it, so now my sister, my twin and our friends have all joined forces to do it together.

“Over the last three years, we have raised an incredible £12,000 and by the end of 2022, we'd love to get to £15,000.

“Any donation you can spare will mean the world to me and my chosen charity.”

You can support James and his team of Meningitis Warriors on their fundraising page

Hard work, but fun

Alison Yelland, our Scottish Community Support Officer, said: “Having taken part in the Edinburgh Kiltwalk a few years ago I know how much fun this event is. But it’s also hard work and I’d like to thank James and the team for their dedication and everything they’re taking on to support our work – we really appreciate what they’re doing to raise awareness of meningitis and funds to fight it in Scotland and across the UK.” 

If you’re inspired by James’s efforts then there’s still time to sign up to the Glasgow Kiltwalk, or one of the others being held in Aberdeen (29 May), Dundee (21 August) or Edinburgh (18 September). Have a look on the website at www.thekiltwalk.co.uk for more details.

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