More than 500 Scottish charities floored by the coronavirus crisis are to receive a £1.4m cash lifeline in the next 48 hours.
Despite lockdown causing the postponement of the Glasgow Kiltwalk, would-be participants still went on to raise £720,000 pounds for local charities.
Sir Tom Hunter had initially planned to provide a 50% uplift on the total raised but the Hunter Foundation is now to match the full amount pound-for-pound, taking the total to over £1.4m.
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.”
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