On Sunday the 30th of April, some determined Cornerstone supporters lined up at Glasgow Green, Clydebank and Loch Lomond Shores to participate in this year’s Glasgow Kiltwalk and raise money for Cornerstone. 

Despite the drizzle the Kiltwalkers were unperturbed, and continued along their respective trails, proudly sporting huge smiles and Cornerstone blue that stood out amongst the grey skies and greenery  

Our Kiltwalkers did amazingly and are currently on track to raise over £2,000 for Cornerstone! Huge thanks to each and every one of our walkers for choosing to walk for Cornerstone including: 

Wee wanderers 

  • Support Practitioner Pauline Pointer from Cornerstone’s Riddell Street service who supported Ann in her wheelchair alongside Ann’s brother Robert. 

Big Strollers 

  • Support Practitioners Lisa Johnstone, Magali Bourgeois, Carolann McKenzie, Melissa Campbell, Andrew Gilchrist and Cornerstone Supporters Fiona Johnstone and Ian from Team Waterfront 
  • Cornerstone Supporters Genelle and Liam Harkins  
  • Support Practitioner Julie Peters from Castlecraigs Court and her daughter Beth Leitch 

Mighty Striders 

  • Cornerstone Supporter Joseph Pointer  
  • Gillian Donald on behalf of Cornerstone’s corporate partner, John Clark 

Support Practitioner Pauline Pointer walked 'The Wee Wander' while supporting Ann in her wheelchair. Pauline shared;

“Everyone on the walk supported each other no matter what charity they were from. One wheelchair was stuck in the mud so everyone nearby stopped to help. It was so touching to see. Another highlight for me was at the finish line when a youngster got out of his chair and walked the final yard with his walker. We walked beside him and cheered him along all the way.”  

Robert Clark, Ann’s brother who walked alongside Ann and Pauline described his experience. “It was a good day and thanks must go to Pauline who by ‘thinking outside of the box’ gave Ann and our family not only a good day but a week of excitement – while raising money for Cornerstone!” 

Friend of Cornerstone, Genelle Harkins walked 'The Big Stroll.' “The Kiltwalk was fantastic - from the enjoyable training walks to the day itself.  The feeling of camaraderie on the walk was amazing! It’s 3 days since I completed it, and I’m still on a high, and planning my next long walk!  

Knowing that our walk raised money for Cornerstone, which will go to good use and help the people they support live a fuller more joyful life, is just the icing on the cake - thanks to Cornerstone for all the help along the way - it made fundraising much easier. I’m looking forward to my next Kiltwalk!”   

Gillian Donald who walked 'The Mighty Stride' on behalf of Cornerstone’s corporate partner John Clark shared, “When I signed up to do the Kiltwalk for Cornerstone I took a moment to reflect on what I was about to do. Then a favourite quote of mine came to mind:  

'A helping hand can be a ray of Sunshine in a cloudy world.' 

So in the final 6 miles of my 23-mile journey when my legs and body were about to give up I thought of Cornerstone and the people who would benefit from the kind donations I had collected."  

The kindness from strangers throughout the walk was just very emotional. Knowing I have helped others to live a full and happy life, I have no words that can really describe how that feels. 

So, thank you Cornerstone for letting me be part of your team. Together we have helped so many people in our local communities. That support and donations will be that little bit of sunshine for that person who needs it most.”

The Kiltwalk is Scotland’s largest mass participation walking event with over 120,000 people taking part since 2016. Kiltwalkers walk for charities and causes close to their hearts, and the Kiltwalk, alongisde the Hunter Foundation ensure that all money goes towards the chosen charities plus all eligible Gift Aid (up to 25% extra). 

Fundraising Support Officer, Catriona Allan was delighted to get the opportunity to thank Sir Tom Hunter in person, for all his charitable support, and to get a souvenir photo on the day!

Catriona said;

 “What a fantastic event! Huge thanks go to the Hunter Foundation and to everyone that chose to walk for Cornerstone on the day. Your support goes such a long way towards helping the people we support to live the best life possible!” 

There are three different walks you can take part in during the Kiltwalk.  

  • The Wee Wander is 3 miles long and takes an average of 1.5 hours to complete.  
  • The Big Stroll is 14.4 miles long and takes an average of 5 hours to complete.  
  • The Mighty Stride is 22.7 miles long and takes an average of 8 hours to complete. 

So whether you are looking to challenge yourself or have a fun day out with the family while you raise money for a cause you believe in there is a Kiltwalk for you.  

While the Glasgow Kiltwalk is over for this year you can still sign up to the Kiltwalks hosted in Dundee, Aberdeen and Edinburgh. Check out the dates below and sign up here now.