Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

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

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