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Edinburgh's Kiltwalk 2023

Join St Andrew’s Children’s Society Kiltwalkers 2023 at Kiltwalk, Scotland’s largest mass participation walking event!

About the event

Kiltwalk 2023 is here – bringing walkers together in their best tartan for an amazing day out. With various distances, and new lower registration fees, there is something for everyone – so don’t miss out!

17 September 2023


Registration fee: You pay, and we will refund your fee when you send us an email with bank details to info@standrews-children.org.uk. Mark the subject “Kiltwalk 2023”


Choose your distance:

The Wee Wander:

4 miles. From Gypsy Brae at Silverknowes to BT Murrayfield Stadium

The Big Stroll:

13 miles. Taking you from Fisherrow Links (Musselburgh) and finishing at the iconic BT Murrayfield stadium.

The Mighty Stride:

21 miles. Leaving from Bingham Medway and taking you around the Capital before finishing up at BT Murrayfield.

How to enter the Edinburgh Kiltwalk?

Register on the Kiltwalk website here.

• The Wee Wander* – £6.50 for Children and £12.50 for adults
• The Big Stroll – £20
• The Mighty Stride – £20

*When you sign up you’ll notice that you need to select a prefered start time for the Wee Wander. It would be nice if we could all start (and finish!) at the same time and so we are suggesting 10am. Of course, if that time doesn’t suit you, that’s absolutely fine and we still look forward to welcoming you at the end of the walk.

Send your bank details to info@standrews-children.org.uk, and we will refund your entry fee, but please try to raise more than the fee. Please enter “Kiltwalk 2023” under subject.

Sign up here and we’ll get a free St Andrew’s Children’s Society T-Shirt sent to you. There’s no minimum sponsorship, just raise as much as you can!

St Andrew's Children's Society Kiltwalk kids T-shirt

To support us, just select “St Andrew’s Children’s Society (St Andrews Children’s Society)” as Your Chosen Charity when completing the registration form.

Once you have registered on the Kiltwalk website, you can create your very own fundraising page. We are particularly keen to hear from families who would like to do the Wee Wander with us. It’s five miles long and starts at Gypsy Brae Recreational Ground in Silverknowes and ends at BT Murrayfield Stadium.

The children taking part will all receive a special St Andrew’s Children’s Society Kiltwalk T-shirt for the walk and at the end they will receive a “I completed the Kiltwalk” Certificate and a sticker. Parents will receive a St Andrew’s Children’s Society T-shirt.

We have set-up a team for everyone taking part in the Kiltwalk, so those doing the longer Big Stroll or Mighty Stride can also be part of St Andrew’s Children’s Society Kiltwalkers 2023.

Once you’ve registered for the Kiltwalk you can set up your own fundraising page on our Fundraising Platform “People’s Fundraising”. You can then send the link to friends and family – like the good old sponsorship forms of days gone by! You can also post the link to your social media.

Here’s how.

  1. Go to the Team Fundraising page.
  2. In the FUNDRAISING PAGES section, click on ADD PAGE.
  3. If you have a People’s Fundraising Account just log in, otherwise you will be invited to register.
  4. Create a Fundraising page – 
  5. The Page Name will default to “St Andrews’ Children’s Society Kiltwalkers 2023″ but you can change this to anything you like – e.g. Team Bloggs do the Kiltwalk”.
  6. The Page description will default to the Team Fundraiser text, but you can over-write this with your own text.
  7. Enter a target amount
  8. Enter the date of the event (17 Sept 2023)

That’s it – now hit CREATE and your page will automatically now show on the Team Fundraising page. You can share the link with famiuly and friends and get them donating to the cause!


Family FUNdraising

We kicked off with our Family February FUNdraising

Jill Ritchie led Team Ritchie, Stuart cycled 100 miles, Jill ran 100 kilometres and Leon, 100 minutes of yoga! to an amazing £455.

Claire Fitzsimmons encouraged folk to enter the 100 Book Challenge, with ‘Read All About It’ raising £251.

Kelly Rosbender and Maya had us supporting “Walk this Way” to a great £530

Anthony Swift performed some memorable Elvis songs to raise £586

Our own SACS team of Crazy Wild Swimmers raised a cool £150.

The H family, regular SACS supporters, raised £25 selling home-made lip balm.

Early May
Early May

Early May was for Music

We had our incredible Centenary concert by Cadenza, one of Scotland’s finest choirs and raised a magnificent £2,700.

Late May
Late May


28th & 29th May saw the Edinburgh Marathon Festival when the unstoppable Hairy Haggis Relay Team raised £1,893 – over 3 times their target of £500!



Para Surfing

During this Centenary Year appeal, we have been very pleased to have helped Jay, a ten year old quadruple amputee, who was adopted through St Andrew’s Children’s Society, take part in the World Para Surfing Championships, raising over £9,000.


Another Marathon!

Then the London Marathon came to Aberdeen. Mark & Mel Hamilton running the virtual marathon with runners helping along the way to a magnificent £4,634.

November - December....
November - December....

There's still time....

There is still plenty of time to help us reach our target of £30,000 which will go towards our Adoption Support services.

Your Support Means a Lot

Each donation matters, even the smallest ones.

Donate £3 (average price of coffee) and a family’s life will get better!

There are so many ways to help raise funds on behalf of St Andrew’s Children’s Society. Below are just some ideas – if you would like to find out more about fundraising for the charity, Dan Docwra, our fundraiser would be delighted to hear from you! 

You can call him on 0131 467 4239 or send him an email at ddocwra@standrews-children.org.uk and he’ll get back to you.

One-off donation – One-off donation – however large or small, please know that your donation will be valued and used towards our shared vision.

Make a donation now

Regular Giving – if you prefer to give money on a regular basis you can set up a standing order in favour of St Andrew’s Children’s Society or you can make a regular donation via our People’s Fundraising page.

Please contact us for our bank details if setting up a standing order.

Gift Aid – If you are a UK taxpayer you can Gift Aid your donation and St Andrew’s Children’s Society can claim back the tax on that amount. This means, in total, an additional 25% on each donation. Please tick the Gift Aid box when making your donation.

Cash Donations – St Andrew’s Children’s Society can provide you with a collecting box to have in your home, club or business into which people can drop their spare change.

Take part in this annual sell out Marathon, which is the UK’s second largest marathon after London’s, to help raise funds for St Andrew’s Children’s Society.

There are a variety of running events over the Edinburgh Marathon weekend ranging from The EMF Junior races to The EMF Hairy Haggis Team Relay to full The Edinburgh Marathon.

We would love you to run for St Andrew’s Children’s Society, and in return for supporting us we’ll pay your entry fee and give you a lovely St Andrew’s Children’s Society T-shirt to wear on the day!

Sign up for the Edinburgh Marathon


You can create a sponsored activity out of virtually anything! Dan can provide you with sponsor forms and even advise you how to set up a web page (on People’s Fundraising) which allows your far-flung family and friends to give tax-efficiently online.

Ever dreamed about parachuting, skydiving, abseiling, cycling from London to Paris or even getting to the top of Kilimanjaro!!

We may be able to make your dream come true!

When it comes to making a will, it’s right that your family and friends come first but many people also like to remember a cause that’s close to their hearts; which they have supported during their lifetime or which they or a loved one have benefited from.

Making your will doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive but it is advisable to consult a solicitor to make sure that your will is going to have the effect you wish it to.

If you already have a will but wish to make a change or add something you can ask your solicitor to add a written instruction (called a codicil) which has to be signed and witnessed the same way as your will does.

If you would like to leave a gift to St Andrew’s Children’ in your will there are three main ways to do this:

After all your other gifts have been made you can leave the remainder of your estate, or a percentage of the remainder, to St Andrew’s Children’s Society.

You can leave a fixed amount of money.

You can leave an item, for instance property, land, jewellery, or even shares.

Leaving a gift in your will is a very personal decision and there is no need to tell us if you have included us in your will.

However, if you felt able to let us know of your plans, we would welcome the opportunity to thank you and to keep you up to date with our achievements so that you can rest assured that your gift will make a lasting difference.

Four things to remember:

1 – If you share a home with a partner but aren’t married or civil partnered you must have a will if you want them to have the house.
2 – You can’t leave anything to the two people who witness your will, or their spouses.
3 – Remember to tell the person you choose to carry out your will (your executor) where your will is stored.
4 – The Government has a handy overview on writing your will here 

You can download our information sheet on leaving a gift in your will here:

Remembering St Andrew’s Children’s Society in your will.

Dan Dowcra is in charge of all fundraising

For further information about any fundraising opportunities, please get in touch with our fundraiser, Dan Docwra on 0131 467 4239 or send him an email ddocwra@standrews-children.org.uk and he’ll get back to you. Thank you.