Rachel Lillywhite, a project analyst and Volunteer Driver from West Lothian, is on track to become Contact the Elderly’s ‘Ultra-Kiltwalker’ after volunteering to take on all four Kilt-walks in Scotland.
Rachel, who has so far walked 42 miles, started volunteering with the charity earlier this year and hopes to raise £2,000 which will go towards easing social isolation and loneliness amongst the over 75s in her local community. When asked why she decided to take the challenge on, she said:
“I did the Kiltwalk last year and decided to challenge myself a little more this year by signing up to all four middle-distance walks. I did the first one with my mother-in-law, which was great, and the rest on my own. The Aberdeen walk in particular was a really lovely route and I’m looking forward to the Edinburgh event, not only because it’s the last one but because it will be an interesting change from the countryside routes. I’ve seen first-hand the difference Contact the Elderly’s work makes to lonely older people and hope everyone’s efforts can bring even more happiness into the lives of those who are in need of a bit of tea and company.”
Contact the Elderly support a total of 130 groups in Scotland, including 25 in Edinburgh and the Lothians, and relies on volunteers like Rachel to help run the regular Sunday meet-ups and provide transport to and from the gatherings.
Almost 70 walkers are participating in this year’s Kiltwalks on behalf of Contact the Elderly, including all the charity’s staff in Scotland who have committed to walking 1000 miles. They hope to raise at least £8000. And there is still time for others to join Sunday’s walk.
Morna O’ May, Contact the Elderly’s Head of Service, Scotland said:
“We have been overwhelmed by the response from our volunteers committing to taking on the Kiltwalk challenge in aid of Contact the Elderly. The funds they raise will go a long way in supporting the fantastic work they are already doing in aid of socially-isolated older people in Scotland.”
“Anyone else who wants to join us on Sunday would be most welcome and can sign up on the day if they contact me beforehand for a registration code.”
If you’d like to take part in the Edinburgh KiltWalk this Sunday,15th September, please email morna.o’firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.