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CHILDREN’S Hospices Across Scotland, better known as CHAS, celebrates after reaching £1 million milestone with Kiltwalk.

The association, which is celebrating its 30th anniversaryand anniversary this year, marked the occasion by hosting a celebration in the garden grounds of Robin House Children’s Hospice in Balloch where they were joined by representatives from Kiltwalk as well as a CHAS family from Erskine.

Claire and Paul Moir, their family and friends have done the Kiltwalk every year for 11 years in memory of their son Aidan, who sadly passed away in 2012, aged just ten.

Aidan suffered from Late Infantile Batten’s Disease, a degenerative neurological disease that slowly deprived him of the ability to walk, talk, see, eat or even stand.

During his short life Aidan touched the hearts of many and to date ‘Team Aidan’ has raised over £25,000 for Robin House, where Aidan received life-saving treatment from the age of five.

Aidan

Claire said:

“We are proud to have been invited to join this special CHAS celebration to raise £1million through the Kiltwalk. This is an event that means a lot to all of us as a family, as every year we are proud to put on our Team Aidan t-shirts and walk in his memory.

“Robin House and CHAS have been there for us every step of the way and helped us create so many amazing memories.

Paul added:

“The T-shirts we wear have Aidan’s face on them so he really is with us every step of the way and we always see his cheeky little smile. If any of us are having trouble carrying on the walking, we just look at his face and think that Aidan has been through so much in his short life that we can do this for him.

Huge fundraising milestone reached for children's hospices

Fiona Leslie, Fiona Leslie, said:

“We are thrilled to have reached this incredible fundraising milestone in the same year that CHAS celebrates its 30and birthday. The Kiltwalk helps many causes across Scotland and we are proud to continue to partner with this fantastic charity. We are grateful to Claire, Paul and the entire Aidan team for helping to raise such an incredible amount over the years in Aidan’s memory.

This year the Glasgow Kiltwalk will take place on Sunday 24th April and will see all funds raised increased by 50% thanks to the generosity of Scottish philanthropist Sir Tom Hunter and the Hunter Foundation.

From Glasgow Green the route goes to Balloch on the shores of Loch Lomond and participants can choose to do the Mighty Stroll (22.6 miles), the Big Stroll (14.5 miles) and the Wee Wander (3 -5 miles).

Congratulating everyone at CHAS, Kiltwalk CEO Paul Cooney said:

“CHAS is a wonderful charity that does really wonderful work. They were there from the start of Kiltwalk and it’s very special to see them reach £1million.

“The Kiltwalk community exists to support Scottish charities of all sizes and help them continue to deliver vital services. We know that the funds raised by CHAS and supplemented by The Hunter Foundation have made a significant difference for young people with shortened living conditions. We are very proud to support CHAS and look forward to hosting their amazing fundraisers at Glasgow Kiltwalk on April 24th.

All money raised through sponsorship and donations for CHAS through the Kiltwalk will help support families across Scotland by providing lifesaving care and invaluable experiences to help keep the joy alive for many children with life-shortening diseases and their families across Scotland.

For more information on how to join the CHAS team at the Glasgow Kiltwalk, please visit: https://www.chas.org.uk/events/glasgow-kiltwalk.