Russell took on four Kiltwalks this year in aid of Functional Neurological Disorders
|Cause fundraised for||
Functional Neurological Disorder (FND)
|Method of fundraising||
Why did you decide to fundraise for your chosen cause?
A couple of reasons. FND is short for Functional Neurological Disorder, a little known illness with a wide variety of symptoms. They are also three short letters which have had a big impact on my loved ones.
There is a team of specialist doctors, based in Edinburgh who have carried out clinical research on a wide range of functional disorders, looking at why and how they happen together with trialling physical and psychological treatments.
As a parent I have frequently had to watch from the side lines feeling helpless so I desperately wanted to do something to help the people that helped us. I also wanted to do something that would be worthy of helping to raise awareness and funds for FND.
How did you raise money?
I decided to take part in all four Kiltwalks in 2018 (Dundee, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen). My employer, The Royal Bank of Scotland is the headline partner of the Kiltwalk, with staff not only taking part but volunteering in their home towns. They are really well organised events with a great vibe and I knew that I would be able to do some of the walks with colleagues. I also knew I would have the opportunity to do all four and this felt like an undertaking that was worthy of the cause.
Over and above this there was a guarantee that 100% of the funds raised go to the charity and through the support of the Hunter Foundation any funds raised are topped up by an additional 40%.
You receive assistance from the organisers, from the moment you register through to the day of the walk, to support you with preparation together with fund raising. There was a fantastic vibe on the day of the walk and there is great camaraderie with your fellow walkers together passers by giving you encouragement.
Just go for it! The Kiltwalks are a great opportunity to raise funds for a charity you care about, especially with the 40% top up! In addition they are really good fun events to take part in and there are different options for shorter walks if you do not fancy doing the full one. You get to meet some great people and enjoy the scenery along the way. It's a win-win!