A Rutherglen trio are adopting a ‘mighty stride’ this month as they can’t bear the thought of youngsters experiencing hardship alone.
Alan King, his sister Nicola and her boyfriend James Robertson will complete the mammoth 2016 Kilt Walk in a bid to help sick kids and youngsters living in poverty.
An annual charity event, the Kilt Walk sees people sponsored to walk the 26 miles between Hampden stadium in Glasgow and Balloch on the banks of Loch Lomond.
A novice to the 26-mile challenge, Alan, 31, is following in his sister’s footsteps as she has signed up to the event for a second time.
“Nicola and I both have done a few charity events,” Alan told the Reformer. “I’ve abseiled and zip lined for The Celtic Foundation and she has done distance runs.
“We like to do our bit and help those that are maybe a bit worse off, and we usually get a memorable experience from it.
“The fact this particular event helps young children is extra motivation as we have a big family with lots of nieces and nephews and we couldn’t bare the thought of them having trouble in life and nobody being there to try and help them out of it.
“We’ve had the luck in life never to need to use the charities involved, but a couple of family members work for organisations that will benefit.”
Dubbed the Mighty Stride, those who take part in the Kilt Walk are helping to raise cash for charities such as the NSPCC, Enable, Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity and CHAS.
Based on 27-year-old Nicola’s account of the Kilt Walk, Alan and James have been trying their best to prepare for the challenge.
James, 26, has been accompanying Nicola on long walks around Rutherglen, while Alan has been working hard in the gym.
“The kilt and tartan hunt is currently under way! I’ll probably have to make mine fairly bright so the rescue services can find me easily if I collapse, “Alan joked.
“I’ll advise James to get a spray tan so the world isn’t subjected to his pasty legs.”
The siblings, who both attended Trinity High School, and former pupil of Holyrood Secondary James are hoping to secure as much sponsorship as possible ahead of their challenge which in two weeks away. To pledge money search for Nicola King on the Virgin Money website.
Sunday stroll Alan King, Nicola King and James Robertson are getting ready for this year’s Kilt Walk