Glasgow kiltwalkers have raised a record-breaking sum of £4m for Scottish charities from the mass fundraising event, philanthropist Sir Tom Hunter has revealed.
Walkers raised a grand total of £2.7m, and The Hunter Foundation provided a generous top up of 50% – £1.35m – which boosted the final total to £4m.
The money raised by kiltwalk heroes is now on its way to 685 charities across Scotland.
On Sunday, April 24, a crowd of more than 10,000 took part in various events such as the 23-mile Mighty Stride from Glasgow Green, the 15-mile Big Stroll from Clydebank, and the three-mile Wee Wander from Loch Lomond.
This year marked the return of the full in-person event following the pandemic.
Virtual Kiltwalk events were held during lockdown which provided a lifeline to Scottish charities.
Over the last six years, the Kiltwalk has now raised £33m for nearly 3,000 charities across the country.
In a video aimed at walkers, Sir Tom described the Kiltwalk as one of The Hunter Foundation’s proudest achievements.
The video was accompanied by a letter, which was emailed to each and every one of the 10,000 individuals who took part in the Glasgow Kiltwalk on Sunday 24 April.
Writing to them, the philanthropist said: “All your fundraising plus The Hunter Foundation’s 50% top-up means £4,050,000 is on its way today to 685 different Scottish charities. And how those charities large and small need our support more than ever, especially after the last couple of years.
“I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time and making the effort to help the charity that you really care about.
“Your own charity will be in touch to thank you for your generosity but I also want to tell you personally how much I appreciate everything you achieved by wearing a bit of tartan and setting out in the sunshine to do something very special for your chosen charity. You’re making a difference and are part of something unique.”
Sir Tom also confirmed that the next Glasgow Kiltwalk would be held on April 30, 2023.
The next Kiltwalk will take place in Aberdeen on May 29, then St Andrews to Dundee on August 21, and finally Edinburgh on September 18.
There will also be a Virtual Kiltwalk weekend from October 7 to October 9 this year.