MORE than 50 charity supporters are to take on this year’s Edinburgh Kiltwalk in September to fight back against a devastating illness.
Alison Yelland from Edinburgh and Margaret McLaren from Glasgow have put together Team Tangerine to take on the Mighty Stride and hand raise money for charity Meningitis Now.
They’ll be joined by the charity’s founder Steve Dayman, who has raised over £2 million for the charity’s research, awareness and support work through previous walks, and chief executive Tom Nutt, for the marathon walk around iconic sights in the Scottish capital.
Also joining them will be Alison’s daughter Fiona and Margaret’s daughter Morven, both young ambassadors for the charity, and newly-appointed community ambassador James Duff, from Glasgow.
Family members and friends make up other team members and Alison is keen for more supporters to sign up and join the team.
“The main aim for us apart from raising some funds and awareness of meningitis is also to raise the profile of Meningitis Now in Scotland and the work that we do to support families who have been affected by meningitis,” Margaret said.
“I lost my nephew Calum to bacterial meningitis in October 2007 when he was 12. Taking part in the Kiltwalk will not only be for Meningitis Now but to remember him too – he inspires me every day to continue my work as an ambassador for the charity.
Alison added: “We’re really looking forward to it – I’m sure it will be an emotional but memorable day and we’d love as many supporters as possible to join us.”
Fiona contracted bacterial meningitis in October 2011 when she was 15, but fortunately made a complete recovery. The Edinburgh Kiltwalk takes place on Sunday, September 16 and the Mighty Stride covers 24 miles. Those taking part get a medal and there are entertainments and refreshments throughout the walk and at the finish.
Thanks to support from The Hunter Foundation charity walkers will receive not only their sponsorship funds but an additional 40 per cent fundraising boost.
Gillian Marshall, Scotland community fundraising officer at Meningitis Now said: “We’re so grateful to Margaret, Alison, Morven, Fiona, James and everyone on the team for their support.”
“As a charity that receives no government funding we rely entirely on the generosity, energy and initiative of our supporters to raise the vital funds we need to carry out our lifesaving and life-changing work.”
Gillian added: “Their efforts will make a real difference to those in Scotland who are at risk from meningitis and those whose lives have already been changed forever because of it.”