Morag walks the Kiltwalks in memory of her mum

Morag holding up medals.

Morag, 43, lives in Glasgow and has raised £749 for Versus Arthritis. Here she shares why she took on the fundraising challenge in memory of her mum.

I decided to start fundraising for Versus Arthritis in January 2018, shortly after my Mum passed away.

In September 2017, my Mum was diagnosed with systemic sclerosis (scleroderma). This is a very rare condition which in my Mum’s case was incredibly difficult to diagnose and unfortunately for her, the condition was at a very advanced stage.

Her heart and lungs were struggling to cope, and the medication was just not helping her. She spent several weeks in hospital and died of aspiration pneumonia on 27 December 2017.

Taking on the challenge

I had taken part in two Kiltwalks previously, but after my Mum died I knew I wanted to raise funds in her name and signed up for all four of the Kiltwalks in Scotland.

The Kiltwalks are walking events with different distances, some routes are up to 26-miles long and there’s refreshments and entertainment along the way.

Stepping out in Glasgow

The first walk was in Glasgow with an incredible 10,000 people taking part. The weather was fine for April, hardly any rain. There’s a massive celebration at the end with a food tent and a party tent where the drinks are flowing, and the bands are playing.

It’s amazing that after walking for seven or eight hours you find the energy to have a wee dance too!

The Aberdeen one came right in the middle of our heatwave and it was a very hot and sticky day in June. I had travelled up to Aberdeen the night before and was up at 6am to start a very hot and sometimes steep eight-hour walk!

The St Andrews to Dundee walk was a mixture of rain, wind and sunshine! Again, the massive crowds of walkers and supporters kept us all going when it got tough. 

A finale in Edinburgh

My final Kiltwalk was in the beautiful city of Edinburgh. It was a tough one, I struggled during this one with a bit of a muscle strain and some pretty rotten weather. But again, managed a wee dance in the Kiltwalk village afterwards!! 

All four walks were incredible, it was such a great sense of achievement to complete them all, but very emotional too. 

Sharing my progress

I started my fundraising pages online and I shared my link on social media as much as possible. I would write a small piece and take loads of pictures every now and again to show how my training was going, and to remind people why I was involved with Versus Arthritis. 

Anyone who I interacted with on social media knew of my involvement with the charity and how strongly I felt about raising money for this great cause.  

More fundraising fun

My work does charity days every month and I nominated Versus Arthritis for one of our fundraisers. We had a dress down day and some fun activities with my company, including posting on my blog talking about the charity. 

I loved supporting Versus Arthritis. I would post on the Facebook group about my walks and was always encouraged by fellow fundraisers, it is a great page with fabulous community spirit. 

I’m not sure what my next challenge will be, I have a strong desire to take on Machu Picchu in the future, but I know I will be involved with Versus Arthritis as a life-long supporter. 

If you’ve been inspired by Morag’s story and would like take get involved in one of our challenge events, visit our events page.