The Kiltwalk fundraising platform (underwritten by The Hunter Foundation) has been designed to turbocharge fundraising.
Kiltwalks are mass participation walking events that raise much-needed funds for Scottish charities and projects.
Kiltwalkers can raise funds for any charity of their choice and thanks to the generosity of Sir Tom Hunter and The Hunter Foundation, all funds raised will be topped up by 50%*.
In 6 years, 112,300 Kiltwalkers have raised £22.5 million and The Hunter Foundation has added £11.4 million, a total of £33.9 million for 3,000 Scottish charities.
*The Fundraising top up for this current year 1st January 2022 to 31st December 2022 is 50% of the funds raised by any individual participant subject to a maximum top-up of £5000 per walker or donor. This is a cumulative limit per participant for Events in the above period. Donations received directly from a charity or a corporate entity (including match funding) are not eligible for the top-up. All fundraising top ups are subject to deadlines and The Charity’s approval.
Read through the Kiltwalk timeline
Once again in 2021 Kiltwalkers proved that “nothing stops Kiltwalk”. It was another record-breaking year with an astonishing £8.4 million raised for 1,270 Scottish Charities.
On 23-25 April, the biggest and best ever Virtual Kiltwalk took place across Scotland and attracted 11,000 Kiltwalkers who took on their own walking, running, jumping challenges in support of a charity close to their heart. They raised an incredible £4.1 million which Sir Tom Hunter boosted by 50% to £6.1 million.
On 26 September Kiltwalk returned to Glasgow for the first live event since the pandemic with over 4000 Kiltwalk heroes taking part and raising much needed funds for nearly 500 Scottish Charities. Kiltwalkers themselves raised a whopping £1.1million and Sir Tom Hunter and The Kiltwalk surprised Kiltwalkers and their charities with a 100% boost on all fundraising. The year closed with the record-breaking total of £8.4 million for over 1,270 deserving Scottish Charities.
The Covid-19 pandemic saw all four of Kiltwalk’s planned events, in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh cancelled. However, nothing stops the Kiltwalk! Kiltwalkers all over the country showed their kindness once again, with many taking part in virtual events to support their chosen charities.
Despite the cancellation of the year's live events, Kiltwalkers dug deep for their chosen Charities. Glasgow's Kiltwalkers raised £735,000 to boost the coffers of 540 Scottish charities and, in an unprecedented move, Sir Tom Hunter DOUBLED that total to £1.47 million.
Sir Tom went on to repeat that generosity and doubled the funds raised by the 1,300 Aberdeen walkers who had signed up for the event from £150,000 to £300,000.
In August, the Kiltwalk's first Virtual event went ahead with the Dundee Virtual Kiltwalk, where Kiltwalkers came together, separately to raise over £300,000, which Sir Tom Hunter once again doubled to over £600,000.
The 2020 Virtual Kiltwalk Weekend replaced the planned Edinburgh event in September and saw Kiltwalkers all over Scotland take part. Participants raised an incredible £1.3 million and Sir Tom Hunter said: “As the numbers were coming in last night, we said if you can do £1.3 million, then we’ll do £1.3 million, so it’s a 100% top-up from The Hunter Foundation this morning, because we just think you’re amazing." With this surprise top up, over 535 Scottish Charities benefitted from the £2.6 million fundraising boost.
It was a year unlike any other, but it proved once again, that nothing stops the Kiltwalk!
Since 2016, our Kiltwalk Heroes have raised £16.5 million plus £8.5 million from The Hunter Foundation – that’s a total of £25 million for over 2000 charities.
Forbes magazine (Aug 16, 2019) highlighted the Kiltwalk as an example of Peer-to-Peer fundraising in Britain which the US market could learn from.
A new Pop-Up event was added, the 6-mile Dumfries Kiltwalk in November, where nearly 500 local heroes walked and raised over £31,000 of much-needed funds for 83 charities.
Kiltwalk had it’s BEST YEAR to date with 25,417 walkers who raised £5 million plus £2 million top-up, raising a total of £7 million for 1,302 charities all over Scotland.
The Kiltwalk continues to grow with 20,000 walkers taking part, raising an astonishing £3.6 million for 1,156 charities, plus the 40% top up, £1.45 million – a record-breaking £5.85 million.
This took us to the “Top 5 in the UK’s Massive Charity Events list”. In even more ace news, Judy Murray OBE joined the Board after leading-off and loving the Edinburgh Kiltwalk.
Sir Tom Hunter surprised the Third Sector and the wider public with the news that every charity in Scotland could take part and benefit from the Kiltwalk. With a significant twist; The Hunter Foundation would add 40% to all fundraising. This game-changing news allowed us to rise to Sir Tom’s challenge to raise £10 million within five years, with two years to spare.
Second year of events attracted 14,000 walkers raising £1.94 million plus £720,000 from The Hunter Foundation – a total of £2.66 million for 700 charities and we jumped 12 places in the UK’s Top 25 Massive events.
New sponsors stepped-up: The Royal Bank of Scotland and Arnold Clark signed-up for 2016 and beyond and Chartered Accountants, Johnston Carmichael came on board to support the Kiltwalk's mission.
Meanwhile, the Kiltwalk received celebrity support from some of Scotland’s most loved faces including Kevin Bridges, Lorraine Kelly, Gerry Butler, Judy Murray, Take That, Thierry Henry and many more thanks to friends of Sir Tom’s like ITV’s Hollywood correspondent, Ross King and Sky’s Mr Transfer Deadline Day, Jim White
This year's events attracted 7,400 Kiltwalkers and raised £860,000 for children in Scotland. The Kiltwalk was ranked No. 25 in the UK’s “Top 25 Massive Charity Events” list.
Sir Tom Hunter
West Coast Capital and The Hunter Foundation
Sir Tom Hunter is a seasoned entrepreneur and philanthropist. Tom made his first fortune when he sold the sports retail chain he built up from scratch, Sports Division, for £290m in 1998.
He set up his private equity business, West Coast Capital in 2001 and combined this opportunity with a significant commitment to philanthropy, having invested in excess of £50m to date into social causes through The Hunter Foundation.
Tom sits on the Presidential Advisory Council for President Paul Kagame of Rwanda. Tom was knighted in 2005 for services to entrepreneurship and philanthropy and was awarded the prestigious Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy in 2013.
Behind the Kiltwalk
The Kiltwalk is governed by a board of Trustees and powered by The Hunter Foundation. Find out more about the people behind the Kiltwalk Fundraising Platform.
Advisor to the Board
Judy Murray OBE
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