Aberdeen allies ramp up for record-breaking Kiltwalk

Charlie House will have one of the largest teams at Kiltwalk Aberdeen this year

MORE than 5,000 tartan-clad Kiltwalk Heroes are set to stride out for their charities of choice in Aberdeen this weekend in what is set to be the biggest ever Granite City Kiltwalk to date supporting over 460 different Charities.

Leading the charge on Sunday 2 June 2024 are three local charities; Clan Cancer Support, Friends of ANCHOR and Charlie House who have entered the three biggest teams. Together, they have a huge 672 walkers between them hoping to raise as much money as possible for those who need their support.

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Among them will be Julie Brinklow (51) from Ellon who is taking part for the first time to raise money for Clan Cancer Support, which has been helping her following her breast cancer diagnosis last year.

Julie said: “It’s funny how quickly life can change. Just last year, I was planning a big party to celebrate 25 years of my business, Thistle Piping. Now, I’m getting ready to take part in my first ever Kiltwalk to raise money for the amazing Clan Cancer Support who have supported me through my diagnosis and ongoing rehabilitation.

“Taking on the Kiltwalk is the perfect way to celebrate the gift of still being here and physically able, while raising vital funds for an amazing local charity. I’ve lived in Aberdeen my whole life and I am the Official Piper for Aberdeen City and the Lord Provost so walking on behalf of a community organisation was very important to me. The piping community has been hugely supportive, and some members of my Thistle Piping team are even walking with me on Sunday!

“I’m really looking forward to the atmosphere and sense of camaraderie on the day, with the chance to meet other walkers and hear their inspirational stories. Cancer is something that affects us all and I hope to take part in many more charity fundraisers after the Kiltwalk, to raise more awareness and encourage women to be vigilant and get checked.”

Aberdeen’s Lord Provost with Julie Brinklow

Ross Sangster, community development coordinator at Clan Cancer Support, added: “We’re thrilled to have 215 tartan clad fundraisers taking part in the Aberdeen Kiltwalk this weekend, it’s our biggest number of participants yet and we’d like to thank every one of them for helping raise vital funds for cancer support services across the north-east, Moray, Orkney and Shetland.

“Stories like Julie’s are truly inspirational, and the reason why we do what we do. We’re hugely grateful to her for signing up to raise funds for Clan Cancer Support so we can continue to help more people live with, and beyond, cancer.

“We’re counting down the days until Sunday 2 June and can’t wait to walk alongside those supporting Friends of ANCHOR and Charlie House, to highlight our shared commitment to making a difference for our local communities, one step at a time.”

Kicking the day off will be the Mighty Stride, which starts at 9am at Aberdeen’s iconic Duthie Park before finishing 17.8 miles later at Bellfield Park, Banchory. It takes between six to 10 hours to complete.

The Wee Wander is the perfect challenge for the whole family, following an idyllic 3.9 mile route from Crathes Castle along the River Dee before finishing at Bellfield Park, Banchory, one to three hours later.

For anyone needing sustenance along the way, there are four pit stops offering delicious snacks from Kiltwalk’s Official Supermarket partner Lidl, each with entertainment provided by key corporate sponsors to keep walkers motivated and encouraged throughout.

Shona Gossip, senior communications and fundraising executive at Friends of ANCHOR, said: “We’re absolutely delighted that our supporters are pulling on their red tees to walk for Friends of ANCHOR this June. We’re look forward to meeting lots of our walkers along the way as some of the team will be joining at the start line too.

“Whether they’re doing the Mighty Stride or Wee Wander, we know they’re going to have a fantastic day out. There’s always such a great atmosphere at the Kiltwalk – it really is a lovely way to raise money for a cause close to so many of our hearts, and we’re very grateful to all those who’ve signed up for the charity.”

Emma Leiper Finlayson, Director of Fundraising from Charlie House, commented: “We are thrilled to be part of this year’s Aberdeen Kiltwalk. Last year, our kind supporters raised an astonishing £23,658 from Kiltwalk, which helped fund vital Charlie House services including 196 emotional and therapeutic support sessions for children and their siblings.

“We’re amazed and very grateful to have over 200 supporters donning their kilts this year to raise further funds for Charlie House so that more children and families can get the care and support they need. We’re grateful to everyone taking part in the Kiltwalk and raising funds for local charities; we wish all participants a fantastic day.”

It’s just £20 for walkers taking on the Mighty Stride. Adults doing the Wee Wander will pay £12.50 and children £6.50. Kiltwalkers can raise money for any charity they choose, with funding going directly to their chosen cause, plus Gift Aid. This means that charities will receive up to 125% of all funds raised at Kiltwalk.

To sign up for Aberdeen Kiltwalk 2024 please visit: www.thekiltwalk.co.uk.

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