Royal Bank of Scotland to hold three more Kiltwalks to raise £1 million for charity
Thousands people walked on the streets to support local charity organisations- Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations appeals for more help from government.
The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) plans to hold three more Kiltwalks in Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh in June, August and September to raise £1 million for charity this year following its successful event in Glasgow.
Over 7,000 fundraisers walked the streets of Glasgow on 30 April for charity.
Two surveys showed continued great public support for Scottish charities in 2016, according to the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).
A student from the University of Glasgow said she was interested in this kind of charity because it “gives a motivation for me to walk for exercise”. She would like to join the next event if she has time.
Paul Cooney, CEO of the Kiltwalk, said: “The huge fundraising target and the phenomenal number of walkers taking part just shows what a generous and caring city Glasgow is. We couldn’t ask for a better start to Kiltwalk 2017.”
“The Royal Bank of Scotland is a proud partner of the Kiltwalk and our CEO Ross McEwan joined colleagues, customers and friends to help raise money for the STV Children’s Appeal,” said Malcolm Buchanan, chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland’s Scottish board.
This year, even more people will be able to benefit as the Kiltwalk is now open to every Scottish charity, not just children’s charities. More than 700 charitable organisations are set to benefit this year, including Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, Beatson Cancer Charity, Calum’s Cabin and Alzheimer Scotland. There are currently 167,109 registered charities in the UK, with 24,094 in Scotland, according to the OSCR.
OSCR’s head of engagement Jude Turbyne said: “This number should not be taken lightly; a lot of work goes into making sure an organisation has the right to call itself a Scottish charity.”
However, a Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) report showed that Scottish charities were in “survival mode” under financial pressures. It found out that almost half (47%) of charities had a reduced turnover last year.
John Downie, director of public affairs at SCVO, said: “Organisations feel they will have to do more with less as demand for services increases at a time where funding streams are squeezed”. He appealed to the Scottish government and councils to award fairer funding packages to help the charity organisations.
Featured image from Kiltwalk’s Facebook Page