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Highland fundraiser urges: Get your kilt on to raise funds for Marie Curie


By Alan Hendry

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Vonnie Stevenson's daughter Charlie with friend Mira and dog Inca with the 4800m Corazon volcano in the background. The girls are doing the Kiltwalk for Marie Curie.
Vonnie Stevenson's daughter Charlie with friend Mira and dog Inca with the 4800m Corazon volcano in the background. The girls are doing the Kiltwalk for Marie Curie.

End-of-life charity Marie Curie is encouraging walkers, runners, cyclists even golfers to don their tartan and sign up to this year's Virtual Kiltwalk Weekend.

The fundraising weekend takes place from September 11-13, and those wishing to take part can register online at mariecurie.org.uk/kiltwalk .

As this year’s normal Kiltwalk events have been cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions, everyone is encouraged to get active their own way, as safely as possible, and raise much-needed funds for Marie Curie.

The charity says coronavirus continues to have "a devastating effect" on its finances, with all fundraising activity that involves direct contact with people cancelled. The charity urgently needs public support to raise over a quarter of a million pounds a week to run its Scottish services.

Vonnie Stevenson, Marie Curie community fundraiser for the Highlands and Moray, said: “More than ever, this crisis has brought out the generosity of people and, while we can’t do Kiltwalk all together, we hope people will join thousands of others across Scotland – and indeed the world virtually – and raise much-needed funds.

"My own daughter Charlie, who is living and working in Ecuador at the moment, is even taking part by climbing volcano Corazon in the Andes to help raise funds. So it really doesn’t matter where you live, just set your challenge, don some tartan and share your fundraising page with friends and family. Every little really does help.

“Every pound raised helps Marie Curie care for dying people with any terminal illness and support their families. Plus, thanks to Sir Tom Hunter and the Hunter Foundation, every Kiltwalk pound donated goes even further with a 50 per cent top-up.”


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