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The Kiltwalk fundraising platform (underwritten by The Hunter Foundation) has been designed to turbocharge fundraising.

Kiltwalks are mass participation walking events that raise much-needed funds for Scottish charities and projects.

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%*.

Since 2016, our Kiltwalk Heroes have raised £19 million and The Hunter Foundation have added £10 million – that’s a total of £29 million for over 2,600 charities.

*The fundraising top up limit for 2022 runs from 1st January 2022 to 31st December 2022 and is £5000 per walker or donor. This is a cumulative limit for all Kiltwalk events in the above period. All fundraising top ups are subject to deadlines and Trustee approval.

Our Story


Read through the Kiltwalk timeline

2021

Once again in 2021 Kiltwalkers proved that “nothing stops Kiltwalk”. It was another record-breaking year with an astonishing £8.4 million raised for 1,270 Scottish Charities.

On 23-25 April, the biggest and best ever Virtual Kiltwalk took place across Scotland and attracted 11,000 Kiltwalkers who took on their own walking, running, jumping challenges in support of a charity close to their heart. They raised an incredible £4.1 million which Sir Tom Hunter boosted by 50% to £6.1 million.

On 26 September Kiltwalk returned to Glasgow for the first live event since the pandemic with over 4000 Kiltwalk heroes taking part and raising much needed funds for nearly 500 Scottish Charities. Kiltwalkers themselves raised a whopping £1.1million and Sir Tom Hunter and The Kiltwalk surprised Kiltwalkers and their charities with a 100% boost on all fundraising. The year closed with the record-breaking total of £8.4 million for over 1,270 deserving Scottish Charities.


2020

The Covid-19 pandemic saw all four of Kiltwalk’s planned events, in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh cancelled. However, nothing stops the Kiltwalk! Kiltwalkers all over the country showed their kindness once again, with many taking part in virtual events to support their chosen charities.

Despite the cancellation of the year's live events, Kiltwalkers dug deep for their chosen Charities. Glasgow's Kiltwalkers raised £735,000 to boost the coffers of 540 Scottish charities and, in an unprecedented move, Sir Tom Hunter DOUBLED that total to £1.47 million.

Sir Tom went on to repeat that generosity and doubled the funds raised by the 1,300 Aberdeen walkers who had signed up for the event from £150,000 to £300,000.

In August, the Kiltwalk's first Virtual event went ahead with the Dundee Virtual Kiltwalk, where Kiltwalkers came together, separately to raise over £300,000, which Sir Tom Hunter once again doubled to over £600,000.

The 2020 Virtual Kiltwalk Weekend replaced the planned Edinburgh event in September and saw Kiltwalkers all over Scotland take part. Participants raised an incredible £1.3 million and Sir Tom Hunter said: “As the numbers were coming in last night, we said if you can do £1.3 million, then we’ll do £1.3 million, so it’s a 100% top-up from The Hunter Foundation this morning, because we just think you’re amazing." With this surprise top up, over 535 Scottish Charities benefitted from the £2.6 million fundraising boost.

It was a year unlike any other, but it proved once again, that nothing stops the Kiltwalk!

Since 2016, our Kiltwalk Heroes have raised £16.5 million plus £8.5 million from The Hunter Foundation – that’s a total of £25 million for over 2000 charities.


2019

Forbes magazine (Aug 16, 2019) highlighted the Kiltwalk as an example of Peer-to-Peer fundraising in Britain which the US market could learn from.

A new Pop-Up event was added, the 6-mile Dumfries Kiltwalk in November, where nearly 500 local heroes walked and raised over £31,000 of much-needed funds for 83 charities.

Kiltwalk had it’s BEST YEAR to date with 25,417 walkers who raised £5 million plus £2 million top-up, raising a total of £7 million for 1,302 charities all over Scotland.


2018

The Kiltwalk continues to grow with 20,000 walkers taking part, raising an astonishing £3.6 million for 1,156 charities, plus the 40% top up, £1.45 million – a record-breaking £5.85 million.

This took us to the “Top 5 in the UK’s Massive Charity Events list”. In even more ace news, Judy Murray OBE joined the Board after leading-off and loving the Edinburgh Kiltwalk.


2017

Sir Tom Hunter surprised the Third Sector and the wider public with the news that every charity in Scotland could take part and benefit from the Kiltwalk. With a significant twist; The Hunter Foundation would add 40% to all fundraising. This game-changing news allowed us to rise to Sir Tom’s challenge to raise £10 million within five years, with two years to spare.

Second year of events attracted 14,000 walkers raising £1.94 million plus £720,000 from The Hunter Foundation – a total of £2.66 million for 700 charities and we jumped 12 places in the UK’s Top 25 Massive events.


2016

New sponsors stepped-up: The Royal Bank of Scotland and Arnold Clark signed-up for 2016 and beyond and Chartered Accountants, Johnston Carmichael came on board to support the Kiltwalk's mission.

Meanwhile, the Kiltwalk received celebrity support from some of Scotland’s most loved faces including Kevin Bridges, Lorraine Kelly, Gerry Butler, Judy Murray, Take That, Thierry Henry and many more thanks to friends of Sir Tom’s like ITV’s Hollywood correspondent, Ross King and Sky’s Mr Transfer Deadline Day, Jim White

This year's events attracted 7,400 Kiltwalkers and raised £860,000 for children in Scotland. The Kiltwalk was ranked No. 25 in the UK’s “Top 25 Massive Charity Events” list.


Sir Tom Hunter

West Coast Capital and The Hunter Foundation

Sir Tom Hunter is a seasoned entrepreneur and philanthropist. Tom made his first fortune when he sold the sports retail chain he built up from scratch, Sports Division, for £290m in 1998.

He set up his private equity business, West Coast Capital in 2001 and combined this opportunity with a significant commitment to philanthropy, having invested in excess of £50m to date into social causes through The Hunter Foundation.

Tom sits on the Presidential Advisory Council for President Paul Kagame of Rwanda. Tom was knighted in 2005 for services to entrepreneurship and philanthropy and was awarded the prestigious Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy in 2013.

Behind the Kiltwalk

The Kiltwalk is governed by a board of Trustees and powered by The Hunter Foundation. Find out more about the people behind the Kiltwalk Fundraising Platform.

Ewan Hunter

Kiltwalk Chairman

Kiltwalk Chairman

Ewan Hunter

Kiltwalk Chairman

As CEO of venture philanthropy, The Hunter Foundation, Ewan is responsible for managing a $200m portfolio of philanthropic investments.

Responsible to the Board of Trustees of the Foundation including Sir Tom and Lady Marion Hunter and President Vartan Gregorian, he provides strategic advice to a number of charities supported by The Hunter Foundation.

Paul Cooney

CEO

CEO

Paul Cooney

CEO

Our CEO Paul Cooney joined Kiltwalk with 35 years of experience working in Radio and TV and public service.

Paul is a former Managing Director at Bauer Media, owners of Radio Clyde, Forth, West Sound and Borders and launched Capital FM for Global Radio in 2011. He was involved in the successful Cash for Kids Appeal and served as Chairman for two years. In his spare time, he was Chairman of the all-party Scotland Against Drugs and a director of Scottish Enterprise Glasgow.

Paul has 4 children and 9 grand-children who all regularly take part in Kiltwalk.

Lynn Hendry

Advisor to the Board

Advisor to the Board

Lynn Hendry

Advisor to the Board

Lynn has worked for 20 years within and alongside the not for profit sector. She has worked with the Hunter Foundation since 2006 and in that time managed a range of projects focused on education and wider service reform in Scotland.

The Foundation partners with a number of broadcasters including STV and BBC to raise awareness of the issues associated with child poverty and invest in interventions that enable change at the root cause.

Sean Tracey

Trustee

Trustee

Sean Tracey

Trustee

Sean is an Honours graduate of Caledonian University and Alumni of the Year.

He worked in the leisure industry for 20 years and stepped down as Chief Executive of Powerleague Europe’s largest small sided soccer operator after 13 successful years leading the company, both as a private and public company.

Sean is a mentor for start-up businesses in Ayrshire, and is also a fundraiser and supporter of the Gillian Saltire Appeal which offers respite accommodation in his home town Largs, for families from all over Scotland who suffer from the impact of cancer.

Mark Harvey

Trustee

Trustee

Mark Harvey

Trustee

Mark Harvey is now a Senior Executive with the Arnold Clark organisation.

Until recently, he was EY’s Managing Partner for Scotland having worked with them for more than 20 years in Belfast, Glasgow, London, California and Edinburgh. He previously led EY’s audit practice and Entrepreneur of the Year programme in Scotland.

Mark lives in Dollar, is married to Karen and has 2 children, Sophie and Jack. He enjoys playing tennis and golf and raising money for Leukaemia Research.

Judy Murray OBE

Trustee

Trustee

Judy Murray OBE

Trustee

Judy is one of Scotland’s best-known faces: popular tennis coach, mother of tennis Grand-Slam superstars Andy and Jamie Murray and star of Strictly Come Dancing!

She was awarded OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list of 2017 for services to tennis, women in sport and charity. Dr Judy has 5 Honorary Doctorates; a sure sign of her positive contribution to sport.

Judy’s appearances at Kiltwalk prove extremely popular as she helps Lead-off our walkers.

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