The residents at Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Dee View Court in Aberdeen will be taking on the Kiltwalk to raise vital funds for the centre they live in.
The team, captained by Dee View Court resident, Duncan and Emma Leiper-Finalyson, Head of Community Fundraising for Neurological Services, will be taking on a one-mile circuit around the care centre in their wheelchairs, walking when they can. The whole circuit will cover 26 miles and will take the residents five days to complete.
Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Dee View Court is a specialist neurological care centre based in Kincorth, Aberdeen, caring for people aged 18 and over with a range of neurological conditions such as Huntington’s Disease and multiple sclerosis (MS).
Duncan was one of the first to volunteer for the challenge. He was brought up in the countryside and is described as a “Country Loon” as he used to spend a lot of his time outdoors and walking up Lochnagar with his father. He said:
“I’m so excited to be taking part in the Kiltwalk alongside other residents. Staff have gone out of their way to make this happen.”
20 other residents will also be taking part in the challenge to help raise money.
After an incredibly hard year, the staff are also looking forward to walking the challenge alongside the residents. Fiona Fettes, Head of Support Services at Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Dee View Court, who accompanied Duncan on the first leg of the Kiltwalk, said:
“It was a great feeling with our residents dressed in tartan from top to toe. We attracted a lot of attention from the public, especially the bus driver tooting his horn on the way past and car drivers waving to us. Duncan was delighted with the attention, smiling all the way.”
The Kiltwalks are mass participation events that raise much-needed funds for Scottish charities and projects. Normally, the events take place across Scotland but this year the Kiltwalk has gone virtual.
Kiltwalkers can raise funds for any charity of their choice and thanks to the generosity of Sir Tom Hunter and The Hunter Foundation, all funds raised will be topped up by 50%.
Find out further information about Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Dee View Court, the specialist neurological care and support they provide for people with neurological conditions and ways you can help support them to be there when it matters.