Please continue to register and fundraise for your chosen charity and Sir Tom Hunter will top up anything you raise by 50%.
Scotland’s charities are the Kiltwalk’s No.1 priority
On Tuesday (24th March) we highlighted some of the fantastic work that our network of charities are doing during RIGHT NOW.
And here are a few updates from our charities who are working round the clock to support our local communities.
You can make a difference and make sure they can continue their invaluable work when you sign up for the Kiltwalk, get fundraising and Sir Tom will add 50%. We will pay out early (Glasgow from the 31st March and Aberdeen from 7th May) because quite simply, our charities need our support NOW.
Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity
"While the world might have slowed down, life in the children’s hospital has not. Our hospital families are at the heart of all that we do; during these worrying times, we’re working harder than ever to ensure that they have the practical, emotional and financial support they need.
"We are all stopping to look around us at this challenging time but for parents and carers of children in hospital, there's no time to stop and think about everything that's going on. We are hugely grateful to The Hunter Foundation for topping up all fundraising raised by the end of March by 50%. The support of our incredible Kiltwalkers matters now more than ever before, and we can’t thank them enough for standing by us during this difficult time."
What difference would £100 make to Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity?
"A £100 donation would allow us to help ensure that our play programme, emergency support fund, and financial advisors can all continue to support children and families in hospital at this time."
- Kirsten Sinclair, CEO, Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity
"Strathcarron’s In-Patient Unit will continue to play a vital role in supporting people at the end of their lives and relieving the pressure on the acute Hospital at Forth Valley, which is likely to be put under tremendous strain. Our Community Clinical Nurse Specialist team are visiting or telephoning patients at home, depending on whether they are self-isolating or high risk and our Hospice@Home team, wearing the appropriate protective equipment, continue to provide end of life care for local people in their own homes in their last two weeks of life.
"Every day, we need to raise £12,900 to keep our services running. This will not change during this crisis and our focus remains to help people to live well, through life-limiting illness and to provide the most specialist end of life care when that time comes.Our fundraising has been affected dramatically by the current crisis therefore every donation towards each and every Strathcarron Kiltwalker is so appreciated."
What difference would £100 make to Strathcarron’s Hospice?
"£100 can pay for a Strathcarron Nurse for four hours, meaning your top-up gives another two hours to a Strathcarron Nurse: £150 can pay for six hours of specialist care, love and support to someone at the end of their life when they and their family need us most. Your Kiltwalk fundraising and 50% top-up is absolutely vital to help us to continue to care for local people through this crisis and beyond. Thank you."
- Claire Kennedy, Community Fundraiser
Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA)
"During this challenging time, our brave paramedics and pilots are still out there, seven days a week, providing a life-saving service to all of Scotland."
What difference would £100 make to Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA)?
"Raising £100 for SCAA means giving us the daily fuel we need to reach a time-critical emergency anywhere in Scotland. Your fantastic fundraising, generously topped up by 50% by The Hunter Foundation, provides crucial support at a time when many other sources of charitable income have stopped. From the paramedics, pilots and charity team at SCAA - thank you for your support!"
- Fiona Dennis, Community Fundraising, Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance
"At Hansel, we provide care and support for many people with additional support needs who are vulnerable to coronavirus. We’re taking all the precautions we can to make sure we can prioritise support for those who need it most.
"Fundraising support from people showing us their Kiltwalk Kindness will go a long way to help us cover the unexpected additional costs we are facing to allow us to maintain supplies of hand gel, antibacterial wipes, face masks, aprons, etc."
What difference would £100 make to Hansel?
"£100 would allow us to purchase additional supplies of protective equipment to help keep those we support and our team members safe."
- Agnes Paton, Fundraising and Communications Manager, Hansel
Bowel Cancer UK
“People affected by bowel cancer is at the heart of everything we do. We know that many of you are understandably very worried and concerned at the moment but we’re here for you. Everyone affected by bowel cancer remains our top priority.
“That’s why we’re working with the One Cancer Voice a group of 19 cancer charities and the NHS and governments in all four nations to provide consistent, clear advice for patients and their families.
“We’re working on new and alternative ways to both support you and to fundraise to make it as easy as possible during these challenging times. Now more than ever, we need your support. Your donations will ensure we can continue to save lives and improve the quality of life of everyone affected by bowel cancer.”
- Emma McGeever, Scotland Fundraising Manager, Bowel Cancer UK
British Lung Foundation
"Our team of experts at the British Lung Foundation are working tirelessly to provide health advice about coronavirus to those affected by lung disease."
What difference would £100 make to the British Lung Foundation?
"£100 could allow us to answer seven calls on the BLF Helpline providing practical, medical and emotional support for people when they need it most. We’ve had an unprecedented number of calls since the coronavirus outbreak, as people with lung conditions are particularly vulnerable right now. They need support more than ever. With the support of Kiltwalk fundraisers and the generous 50% top-up from the Hunter Foundation, we can reach even more people in need."
- Katie Kelly Watkins, Events and Community Fundraising, British Lung Foundation
"Currently we are working with our therapists, on providing short videos focussing on breathing techniques, ‘emotional freedom’ through tapping and other things which might help families or individual family members at this time of increased uncertainty and stress.
"Some of our team are working locally in their own community getting essentials to families who are self-isolating or those who are vulnerable, including the number of elderly in the community who have supported Whiteleys Retreat in terms of volunteering and through donations.
"We have continued dialogue with the NHS, Crosshouse and Ayr Hospital regarding the use of the retreat cottages for makeshift hospital accommodation or for use by NHS staff who are unable to return home due to family members self-isolating."
What difference would £100 make to Whiteleys?
"£100 would help us to pay for our support services and costs for our Retreat. Families constantly tell us the difference therapeutic respite at Whiteleys Retreat has made to them. There is a huge added pressure now on our families; and we need financial support to help them like never before.
Susan Webb, Development & Charity Manager, Whiteleys Retreat
These are just some of the charities making a difference in their local communities during this challenging time. You can help them continue to make a difference when you raise funds with the Kiltwalk. You can still sign up and raise funds before the deadline for Glasgow Kiltwalk fundraising (March 31).
ALL FUNDRAISING GOES TO THE CHARITY OF YOUR CHOICE
Thank you for your Kiltwalk Kindness.