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Image shows Colin in a kilt on a sunny day

Walking my way to raising cash and awareness of MS

Carla Callaghan

Colin Barclay gives some advice on training for walking events after taking part in the Aberdeen Kilt Walk where he raised over £1100.

I really enjoy walking and have previously been involved in fundraising walks before, so I wanted to combine something I enjoy doing while taking the opportunity to raise money for a good cause.

The walk was amazing. It was really well organised and weather on the day was absolutely fantastic - dare I say maybe a bit too hot! My walk was 26 miles long and I have to say I was pretty tired at the end; but it really felt great that I had completed it. You get a great sense of achievement when you cross that finishing line.

Goal setting

At the start of this year I set myself a goal of trying to walk at least 100 miles every month, I found this easier as the weather improved and the longer days came in. When the dark evenings and bad weather starts, you really have to motivate yourself. I achieved my monthly targets before the Kiltwalk and I’m sure that it contributed to me completing it without any difficulty.

Personal link to MS

My wife was diagnosed with MS around seven years ago and I have never raised money for any of the MS charities previously so thought it was about time I did something to support the MS Society.

Tips for fundraisers

Fundraising went really well with the majority of funds raised through my Virgin Money Giving page.

I published it on Facebook and on a daily basis I posted updates on how my fundraising was going and thanking people by name who had sponsored me - this seemed to work well and was great way of reminding others who had yet to sponsor me.

I also raised some money offline mainly through my work colleagues and visitors to my work place. Do it - it’s an experience that will live with you for a long time, but don’t forget to do some training especially if you are not a regular walker. And remember to keep promoting your fundraising page!