Over £1million has now been raised for the charity which runs a Balloch children’s hospice across the Kiltwalk.
The fundraising walk, which attracts thousands of entries each year and follows a route from Glasgow to Balloch, returns next month – and Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS) has been one of the biggest beneficiaries.
This year’s Kiltwalk takes place on Sunday 24 April and will see all funds raised boosted by 50% thanks to the generosity of Scottish philanthropist Sir Tom Hunter and the Hunter Foundation.
CHAS, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, marked the occasion by hosting a celebration in the gardens 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 the Aidan team have raised over £25,000 for Robin House, where Aidan received life-saving care from the age of five.
Mum 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 it so he’s really with us every step of the way and we always see his cheeky little smile. If any of us are having trouble carrying on walking, we just look at his face and think that Aidan has been through so much in his short life that we can do it for him.
Fiona Leslie, CHAS Senior Community and Challenge Events Fundraiser, added: “We are thrilled to have reached this incredible fundraising milestone in the same year that CHAS celebrates its 30th anniversary.
“The Kiltwalk helps so many causes across Scotland and we are proud to continue to partner with this fantastic charity.
“We are also grateful to Claire, Paul and the entire Aidan team for helping to raise such an incredible amount over the years in Aidan’s memory.”
Congratulating everyone at CHAS, Kiltwalk CEO Paul Cooney said: “CHAS is a wonderful charity doing truly 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 funds raised by CHAS and supplemented by The Hunter Foundation have made a significant difference for young people suffering from life-limiting illnesses.
“We are very proud to support CHAS and look forward to hosting their amazing fundraisers at Glasgow Kiltwalk on April 24.”
For more information on how to join the CHAS team at the Glasgow Kiltwalk, visit chas.org.uk/events/glasgow-kiltwalk.
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