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Fantastic 5K a Day in May event is Greig’s way of showing support … and helping you get active!

Greig Robertson has organised a fantastic new event to encourage people of all ages and abilities to get active and raise funds for the Hospice.

Greig Robertson, right

5K a Day in May invites you to walk, run, cycle or swim 5k in every day of the month, on your own or in a team made up of friends, family members, classmates or colleagues.

Greig, an Under-18s coach at Celtic FC who lives in Duntocher, took part in a Q&A to us to tell us about why he organised the event and what it will involve.

If you would like to make a donation, you can do so via the event’s JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/greigrob78

Why did you decide to organise this event?

Greig: I always wanted to organise an event that would help raise some much-needed funds for the Hospice and as a keen runner I thought that this would be a perfect match.

Tell us a bit about it – how can people take part?

The idea is to try and cover 5k each day for the month of May by running, walking, cycling or swimming, as individuals or as a group. For example, five work colleagues might want to get involved in this event and each walk 1k each day during their lunch break. Primary school pupils could complete 5k a day as a class. Any looking for ideas or to get involved can contact the Hospice fundraising team on 0141 435 7018.

Do you have any personal connection to the Hospice?

My dad lost a short battle with cancer in December 2017 and spent his last few days in St Margaret of Scotland Hospice. I was touched by the warmth and empathy shown towards my dad and all the family whenever we were there. The work carried out by the staff is incredible and I made a commitment to myself shortly after the passing of my dad that I would do my very best to help and support the wonderful efforts of everyone associated with the Hospice. 

What has been the best thing about organising the event and fundraising?

I visited a local primary school recently to invite them to take part in the event and the idea was so warmly received by the head teacher, which provided me with hope and encouragement that this event could be a success. 

What message would you like to send to people looking to take part?

Please get involved in any way you can and let’s try and raise as much money as possible for this incredible cause. If people miss a day here and there then it isn’t going to be a failed challenge. Hopefully this can raise money but also possibly inspire you to make lifestyle changes. 

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Numbers game adds up to an unforgettable occasion for Maggie’s Walkers

Three generations, eight members, four hometowns.. but just one great team.

Maggie’s Walkers are one of the biggest groups among the 47 Kiltwalkers taking part in the event later this month who will raise funds for the Hospice.

They will walk in memory of Margaret Tilbey, a beloved mum, gran and great-gran to various members of the team.

Sisters Julie Murphy and Linda Gierasik are the elder stateswomen of the group, at 51 and 56 respectively, while the middle generation features 33-year-old Carolann and 31-year-old Gary Draycott, Angie Brown, 31, and Rachel Gierasik, 27.

The youngest walkers – and those with the highest step count by virtue of their little strides – will be Lucy Draycott, six, and Mia Brown, eight.

The Draycotts are from Dumbarton, while the Browns live in nearby Vale of Leven and Linda and Rachel are making their way to the event in Glasgow from Dundee.

With the range of ages comes different levels of experience in endurance activities – but Julie, from Helensburgh, expects all of the walkers to enjoy an unforgettable day by drawing on their strength in numbers.

She said: “We are really looking forward to doing this as a family, spending time together, getting fitter and raising money for a cause that is close to our hearts.

“Some of the team have done the Kiltwalk before, as well as the Moonwalk, Pretty Muddy and other running events.  For some of us, this is the first time doing anything like this.”

With several weeks still to go, Maggie’s Walkers have already raised an incredible sum of almost £1300.

But they are not done yet and have set a target of £1500 by the time the event comes around – although Julie says the family will “never repay” the staff at the Hospice for the care provided to Margaret.

She explained: “Our Mum/Gran/Great-Granny was in the Hospice last year for the last few weeks of her life.

“The care she received was amazing and the staff were wonderful. We can never repay the support the hospice gave to our family during such a difficult time.”

To support Maggie’s Walkers, whose fundraising total for the Kiltwalk will be topped up by 40% courtesy of Sir Tom Hunter and The Hunter Foundation, please go to:

https://glasgowkiltwalk2019.everydayhero.com/uk/maggie-s-walkers

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Brothers band together for Hospice marathon challenge

Brothers Scott and Grant McFarlane and banding together to run the London Marathon next month.

The determined pair are regular five-a-side players but have had to drastically step up their exertions in preparation for the 26-mile endurance run in the UK capital.

They have already raised almost £1700 for their chosen charity beneficiaries, which include St Margaret of Scotland Hospice.

Scott, 29, told us about why they are taking part in the event.

He said: “Our Aunt Elissa spent her last few months in the Hospice and received invaluable care in the final stages of her life. Our family will always be indebted for that reason.

“Grant was fortunate to win a place in the open ballot for the marathon. It felt opportune for me to take a ballot place through work.

“This has allowed me to raise funds for the Hospice as well as for the Dementia Revolution, another worthwhile cause.”

Describing their training, Scott, who works for Clydesdale Bank, said the brothers knew they were taking a huge step.

But both he and Grant, a 31-year-old joiner, are happy the hard work is literally paying off in the form of sponsorship, and expect to feel even more gratified come the end of the run.

Scott said: “It is rewarding to see the fundraising amount go up, and does continually motivate us to put the mileage in.

“Hopefully the day itself is rewarding and can be looked back on as a proud achievement.

“We’ve not quite started from zero fitness as we play football regularly, but pre-Christmas the furthest either of us had ran before was 10k – a quarter of what we’ll do on the day itself.

“Training is going well and times are looking optimistic but absolutely the hardest part is the knocks and pains on your body. To say it’s tough going would be an understatement.

“The fact that we’ve never done anything like this before makes it more interesting and certainly more challenging.”

Asked what he was looking forward to most, Scott said: “Hitting that 26-mile mark knowing you’ve only got 0.2 miles left as you run up to the Palace.”

And the least? “The preceding 26 miles,” he added.

You can sponsor the McFarlane brothers at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ScottandGrantMcFarlane

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Kiltwalker Pauline inspired by Hospice’s community spirit

The generous fundraisers who take on challenges and organise events for the Hospice are often motivated by a personal connection.

However, we also enjoy substantial backing from members of the community, whose efforts are fuelled by their desire to help those in need by supporting a local charity.

Pauline Kenney, who is participating in the Glasgow Kiltwalk this month alongside her dad, Jim, has no emotional tie to the Hospice but has been inspired to take on the gruelling challenge for an “iconic organisation with an outstanding reputation”.

The 39-year-old, from Dumbarton, has been training for several months and is racking up the miles – but having the chance to enjoy so much time with Jim has made the experience far more enjoyable.

Pauline said: “Most weekends my dad and I will walk approximately 10 miles on a Saturday morning. Now the nights are clearer, we have also been walking some week nights. 

 “The hardest thing has definitely been the Scottish weather. Sunshine, showers, snow, gale-force winds – we have had them all! It is definitely character building.

“I have heard from previous participants that it is a great day and as I walk a lot already, it was something I felt I could achieve. This will be the first event like this that I will have undertaken.

“Spending time with my dad has been the best thing about it. It has been great to go out for walks and have a chat. Listening to his stories makes the time pass.”

With the event now drawing close, Pauline, a Web Officer at West Dunbartonshire Council, knows the biggest physical test is just around the corner.

But she sees too many positives to dwell on how hard the challenge might be.

She said: “I am really looking forward to the atmosphere of the day and being part of a fun event while raising money for a great cause.

“My dad turns 70 two days after the Kiltwalk, so I am also looking forward to sharing this milestone with him and a few celebratory drinks when we cross the finish line.

“I know my legs will be sore – I can feel the pain already. But it will be worth it to know that it was to raise money.

“I don’t have a personal connection to the Hospice. I chose St Margaret’s because it is such an iconic organisation with an outstanding reputation in the community. I know that it relies on donations to continue to provide the service.” 

You can sponsor Pauline at glasgowkiltwalk2019.everydayhero.com/uk/pauline-3 

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Alison and fellow Angels look forward to Kiltwalk

Alison McGlinchey is taking part in the Glasgow Kiltwalk as part of the group Norrie’s Angels.

Norrie’s Angels

The group are raising funds in memory of Alison’s dad, who was cared for at the Hospice. The Kitwalk takes place a year to the weekend since his passing.

We spoke to Alison, from Clydebank, about why she and her co-walkers chose to take part in the event on 28 April.

The 50-year-old, a quality control team leader for Arnold Clark, said: “My dad was the centre of our family and it was such a heavy loss.

“Last year I contacted the Hospice for help when my dad was advised to seek palliative care, after battling cancer for five years. Looking after him was getting too difficult for my mum.

“They stepped in and helped me when others wouldn’t. My dad spent his last two weeks in the Hospice and when he passed away, they helped my whole family deal with the most difficult day in our lives.

“I want to thank the Hospice for all their support last year – they were so comforting when I was in tears trying to get support for my dad and mum.

“My mum worked in the Hospice for over 30 years as a cook and knows lots of people who work there, so we kind of felt at home.” 

Alison knows the Kiltwalk is a tough task and has been training three times a week in preparation.

 But she also knows there is plenty to savour about taking part.

She added: “I’m looking forward to the atmosphere on the day and the feeling of achievement.

“I know my legs will be sore in the morning. I haven’t done anything like this recently and last did the Women’s 10k in 2008.

“I wanted to do it last year but had to pull out. It looks like a fun day.

“It will give me and my family a sense of giving something back and help us do something in memory of my dad, whose one-year anniversary will be the same weekend.”

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Kiltwalk is all in a day’s Work for Emma

Emma Workman is taking part in the Glasgow Kiltwalk again this year to raise funds for St Margaret of Scotland Hospice.

Emma, 24, from Bearsden, completed both the Glasgow and Aberdeen Kiltwalks last year – a total of 46 miles – collecting a fantastic sum for the Hospice.

Here, she tells us what it’s like to prepare for the event and what she’s looking forward to most about it.

Emma said: “I really enjoyed walking/training beforehand and the support from friends and family before, after and during the event was incredible.

“I’m looking forward to the atmosphere of the event although I’m a lot more excited for the burger once I’m finished! But I’m not looking forward to the muscle pain the days following the event, it’s quite difficult to move around.”

Like so many of our fundraisers, Emma’s connection to the Hospice is very personal.

She admits that preparing for such a long walk is difficult and that the “cold weather isn’t the most motivational” for training – but is determined to help other families who are in need through her fundraising efforts.

Emma said: “In late 2015 my Gran, Ethel MacAlister, was admitted to the Hospice for her final days. My Gran received loving care and dedication from everyone who came into contact with her and my family over these days.

“Myself and my family will forever be thankful for the time we were allowed to spend with my Gran here.”

Emma’s fundraising page is at glasgowkiltwalk2019.everydayhero.com/uk/emma-7

As an official charity partner of the Kiltwalk, any funds raised for the Hospice will be topped up by an ADDITIONAL 40% from the Hunter Foundation.

Why not go to www.thekiltwalk.co.uk to see for yourself?

During registration, when you are asked “Which charity are you fundraising for?” please select “Choose your own charity or cause” and type “St Margaret of Scotland Hospice” into the search bar.

Or, for more information, you can call us on 0141 435 7018.

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Walk, run or cycle to raise funds for the Hospice – dates for your diary!

 

Here are some events you may wish to consider taking part in, if you are planning on fundraising for the Hospice this year:

10 March – Balloch to Clydebank Half Marathon (runners transported to Balloch by bus from Clydebank)

28 April – Glasgow Kiltwalk. Three distance options available: 23 miles, 15 miles and six miles.

9, 16 & 26 May – Babcock 10k series. Three 10k runs, one each in Helensburgh, Dumbarton and Glasgow. Can run separately or all three.

25 & 26 May – Edinburgh Marathon Festival. Marathon, half marathon and 10k events.

2 June – Aberdeen Kiltwalk. There is a choice of three distances: 23 miles, 15 miles and six miles. The Hospice is an official affiliated charity of the Kiltwalk, meaning your donations will be topped up 40% by organisers.

June – Great Women’s Run 10k in Glasgow. The date for this event is still to be finalised. We will update as soon as we have a day!

16 June – Men’s 10k Glasgow

18 August – Dundee Kiltwalk. See above for distances and details.

8 September – Pedal for Scotland Glasgow to Edinburgh cycle ride.

15 September – Edinburgh Kiltwalk. See above for distances and details.

We hope these are helpful. Any and all efforts you go to in raising funds for the Hospice are hugely appreciated!

Please get in touch if we can publicise your efforts or fundraising. You can call us on 0141 952 1141.

You can also download our fundraising pack, which outlines the ways you can help and how to go about it, here.

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Would you do the Kiltwalk for St Margaret of Scotland Hospice?

After last year’s success, St Margaret of Scotland Hospice is once again an official charity partner of the Kiltwalk.

Are you thinking of taking part this year, perhaps with your family, friends or colleagues?

The Glasgow event takes place on Sunday 28 April and there are further walks in Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh later in the year.

The funds you raise will be topped up by an ADDITIONAL 40% from the Hunter Foundation, who operate and underwrite the Kiltwalk.

Why not go to www.thekiltwalk.co.uk to see for yourself?

During registration, when you are asked “Which charity are you fundraising for?” select “Choose your own charity or cause” and type “St Margaret of Scotland Hospice” into the search bar.

Or for more information, you can call us on 0141 435 7018.

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Ultra determined Paul raises more than £3500 for St Margaret of Scotland Hospice

In the early weeks of the year, when most of us were already losing sight of the resolutions we’d made, Paul Tallett was taking the first steps on an incredible journey to support the Hospice.

Fast forward 10 months and he has crossed the finish line – and the Hospice has benefited to the tune of more than £3500.

Paul, from Cartland near Lanark, ran the Glen Ogle Ultra Marathon this month after training for five to six days per week throughout the year and sticking to a rigid nutrition program, which denied him treats and alcohol for the bulk of that time.

It’s hard to describe how difficult it is to run non-stop for 33 miles. Marathon runners often describe ‘hitting the wall’ at 18-20 miles – just imagine reaching that dreaded stage and still having a half marathon or more left to go.

Paul, who decided to raise funds for the Hospice in support of his grandad James Rooney, told us what drove him on during the six-hour slog on race day.

The 39-year-old said: “I know it sounds a bit cheesy but I was thinking of all the hard work the staff at the Hospice do every day and my six hours paled into insignificance.

“I was confident in my training – all the Friday night hill sprints and early morning rises worked their magic.

“It went surprisingly well. The wind and rain added an extra dimension. The hardest part was supposed to be the easiest part – the last 6km downhill – but my legs were sore by then.”

The pain he endured in the closing stages hasn’t discouraged Paul, who owns industrial clothing company Workwear and PPE Supplies, from taking on similar challenges.

He had wanted to take part in the Glen Ogle run – which takes place in the hills of Perthshire – for several years and has signed up for three ultra marathons next year.

Paul says overcoming the difficulties he encountered was one of the highlights of the experience.

He explained: “The best thing about the event was pushing myself beyond what I thought was physically possible.

“I’ve injured ligaments in my foot and picked up a bad cold since the event, which is expected considering how hard I pushed my body. But it is worth it to raise the amount I have for the Hospice.

“I am still gathering in final donations but I expect to raise over £3500. I am over the moon to have raised that amount.

“The Hospice kindly looked after my Grandad in his final days. I was a regular visitor and appreciate the way the staff looked after my Grandad. Their selflessness and care is greatly appreciated by myself and my family.”

Paul’s JustGiving page:

www.justgiving.com/fundraising/paul-tallett

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