MORE than 150 charities in the North-east struggling amid the coronavirus crisis will share a much-needed £300,000 cash lifeline, thanks to the Aberdeen Kiltwalk.
Despite the postponement of the event following the pandemic lockdown, £150,000 was collected after organisers urged the 1,300 registered walkers to keep fundraising if they could for local charities.
Moments after the fundraising deadline Sir Tom Hunter announced that The Hunter Foundation, instead of adding 50% to walkers’ funds, was adding 100% – doubling the funds each Aberdeen Kiltwalker has raised.
This will add an extra £150,000 and deliver a total of £300,000 to 155 charities across the Grampian region.
AberNecessities is just one of the charities to benefit.
Michelle Herd, AberNecessities co-founder, said: “The £2,000 we are receiving via Kiltwalk couldn’t come at a better time as it will help us provide essential items including baby formula, nappies, clothes and bedding to underprivileged families in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire who need us now more than ever.
“We need to protect our most vulnerable members of the community, especially during these uncertain times and the funds raised plus the extra boost will make such a huge difference.”
Sir Tom said: “Charities across Scotland are in crisis. At a time when they are facing severe financial difficulty many are dealing with unprecedented demand for their services. If they don’t receive the funding they need to continue operating, the consequences for our most vulnerable people will be devastating. It really doesn’t bear thinking about.
“I am incredibly proud of our kind-hearted Kiltwalk community in Aberdeen and the North, who have continued to raise £150,000 in very challenging circumstances. They are true heroes and it is an honour for The Hunter Foundation to match fund every penny they have raised. “
Organisers have said the Aberdeen Kiltwalk, which was due to take place on Sunday June 7 will go ahead as soon as it’s safe to do so.