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: