Scottish fish farmer completes Boston Marathon, raising £4,589 for the Gaelic Books Council

Stewart Hawthorn at the Boston Marathon

STIRLING-based fish farmer Stewart Hawthorn has achieved a remarkable milestone by completing the 2024 Boston Marathon and raising over £4,500 for the Gaelic Books Council.

Hawthorn, 57, embarked on this marathon journey with a mission to support Scotland’s Gaelic language and culture. His inspiration stems from his wife, Kerry, who established a weekly gathering for Gaelic speakers and learners in Stirling.

Having witnessed the successful revitalisation of Te Reo Māori in New Zealand during his global fish farming career, Hawthorn believes that Scottish Gaelic can follow a similar path.

The Gaelic Books Council (Comhairle nan Leabhraichean) is an organisation committed to the preservation and promotion of Scottish Gaelic literature and culture. As the lead organisation responsible for supporting Gaelic writers and publishers, the Council plays a pivotal role in ensuring the continued production and distribution of Gaelic books in Scotland and internationally.

Stewart Hawthorn said: “I am immensely proud to have raised £4,589 for the Gaelic Books Council who support the vital role of literature in preserving Scotland’s rich Gaelic heritage.

“The Gaelic language is not just a part of our past; it’s a living, breathing aspect of our cultural identity that deserves to be cherished and nurtured. Through initiatives like this, we reaffirm our collective responsibility to ensure that Gaelic continues to thrive for generations to come.  I hope my effort will inspire others to raise funds for this important cultural cause”

Alison Lang, Director of the Gaelic Books Council said: “This is an amazing achievement and we are delighted that Stewart was able to complete the race in such a fast time. The money he has raised will make a huge difference to Comhairle nan Leabhraichean.

“We have a tight budget this year, so every extra pound we can raise will go towards commissioning new books, supporting writers and publishers, and bringing Gaelic literature events to readers of all ages. Congratulations, Stewart, and our sincere thanks to you and to all the people who have sponsored you for such generosity.”

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