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20th January 2018

Two of our wonderful Scottish Community Ambassadors have extended an invitation to supporters to join them for this year’s Edinburgh Kiltwalk in September


Margaret McLaren and Alison Yelland both have significant birthdays this year – Alison’s on the very day of the kiltwalk – and would like 50 like-minded supporters to join them for the Mighty Stride to help celebrate this.

“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.

Inspires me every day

“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. Some of my family and friends are also walking with me so it will be an emotional but memorable day for us.”

Alison added: “We’ve been inspired by the Five Valleys Walk and because we both have big birthdays this year to take on the Kiltwalk – I’m looking forward to it and for lots of Meningitis Now supporters to join us to spur each other on – we’d love you to be there.”

Alison’s daughter Fiona contracted bacterial meningitis in October 2011 when she was 15. Fortunately she made a complete recovery and went on to become a Young Ambassador for us.

Steve joining in

One of those hoping to join the team for the Kiltwalk is our founder Steve Dayman, no stranger to long walks following his trek around the coast of Northern Ireland last year and his walk from Morpeth to Stonehouse to celebrate our 30th anniversary the year before.

The Edinburgh Kiltwalk takes in all the iconic sights that Edinburgh has to offer and is a unique way to see the city. It takes place on Sunday 16 September and covers 26 miles – a bit like our own Five Valleys Walk (which takes place two weeks’ later on 30 September) but not as hilly we’re told.

Those taking part get a medal and there are entertainments and refreshments throughout the walk and at the finish to keep you motivated. One bonus is that, thanks to being underwritten by The Hunter Foundation, we will receive not only all your fundraising but an additional 40 per cent fundraising boost. 

So, why not dig out your best tartan and start training to join the team? You can find out more about the Edinburgh Kiltwalk or contact Margaret or Alison direct.

Read more about Margaret’s story.

Read more about Alison’s story.