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Five former Campbeltown Grammar School pupils are planning to don tartan and walk the equivalent of a marathon across Kintyre this weekend to raise money for a variety of charities close to their hearts.
Callum Miller, 18, Andrew Johnstone and Gregory Wemyss, both 19, and Sophie Miller and Nicola Wareham, both 20, are taking part in Scotland’s Virtual Kiltwalk tomorrow (Saturday April 24).
They are asking drivers to look out for them as they make their way from Campbeltown to Southend via the Learside road, before returning to Campbeltown via the main B842 road.
Kiltwalks are usually mass participation walking events that raise funds for Scottish charities and good causes but, this year, in line with Covid-19 restrictions, participants in the virtual Kiltwalk are being asked to ‘walk, run or just have fun’ in their own areas between April 23 and 25.
Each person who signs up is encourage to raise funds for a charity of their choice, with Scottish businessman, entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Tom Hunter of The Hunter Foundation topping up all funds raised by 50 per cent.
Sophie, who studies mechanical engineering, is raising money for The Halliday Foundation, a not-for-profit charity focusing on helping homeless, less fortunate and struggling families in and around Glasgow.
Sophie told the Courier: ‘As a volunteer with The Halliday Foundation, I have seen first-hand the work they do, not only feeding the Glasgow homeless, but also getting them off the streets and into accommodation with their new “houses2homes” scheme, while still giving them continuous support both on and off the streets.’
Electrical and electronic engineering student Callum has selected Cancer Research UK, the world’s leading independent cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research, influence and information.
‘Cancer has affected members of my family,’ Callum said, ‘and if there’s a way for me to do something for Cancer Research UK then I’m going to take it and hopefully one day the statistic that one in two people get cancer can change for the better.’
Gregory, who is studying business management, is raising money for Alzheimer Scotland, which provides support and information to people with dementia, their carers and families, as well as campaigning for the rights of people with dementia and funding vital dementia research.
‘Alzheimer’s is a horrible illness, with one in nine people aged over 65 with Alzheimer’s and millions of loved ones having to watch their other halves deteriorate,’ Gregory said. ‘This is an illness I wouldn’t wish upon my worst enemy and if you are as scared of it as I am, or have been affected by it personally, please feel free to donate.’
Sophie, Callum and Gregory will be joined on the walk by mechanical engineering student Andrew and Nicola, who studies photography and will be capturing moments from the day.
For more information or to donate to Sophie, Callum and Gregory’s online fundraising pages, visit the following links: