Sir Tom Hunter

MORE than 500 Scottish charities hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak will share a £1.4m cash windfall, thanks to funds raised from the Glasgow Kiltwalk.

Despite being forced to postpone the Glasgow Kiltwalk due to the Coronavirus pandemic, generous Kiltwalkers raised £720,000 pounds, after the organisers urged would-be participants to keep fundraising for local charities.

And in an unprecedented move, Sir Tom Hunter announced that The Hunter Foundation was delighted to double the funds each Kiltwalker has raised, adding an extra £720,000 to boost the coffers of over 530 Scottish charities. 

Sir Tom said: “These are extraordinarily tough times for Scottish charities – scores of them are facing the reality of having to close their doors completely, with devastating consequences for so many great causes.

“The Kiltwalking heroes have responded magnificently, raising £720,000 in extremely trying circumstances – it shows the very best of Scotland.

“Their generosity and care for others is overwhelming and I’m honoured that The Hunter Foundation is able to match those funds pound-for-pound, meaning over 500 Scottish charities will get the funds they so desperately need in the next couple of days.”

Paul Cooney, Kiltwalk chief executive said: “The coronavirus outbreak has brought hundreds of charities all over the country to their knees, because fundraising has virtually ground to a halt. That means many of the most vulnerable people in our society are suffering enormous hardships, so we really want to thank every one of our fundraisers for stepping into the breach.”

Kirsten Sinclair, chief operating officer of Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “For many charities, the £1.4m raised by the Kiltwalkers and The Hunter Foundation will be the difference between shutting their doors and keeping going.

“It’s heart-breaking when charities are being forced to turn away people in real need because of the coronavirus outbreak, but the fact that so many Scots have persevered with their Kiltwalk fundraising is fantastic, and to have Sir Tom and the Hunter Foundation match those funds means an enormous amount at such a difficult time.”

The Aberdeen Kiltwalk was also postponed due to coronavirus but the events scheduled for Dundee and Edinburgh, due to be held on the 16 August and 13 September respectively, are still currently going ahead