Kiltwalker Iain to stride out in support of Food Train

Former Wigtownshire councillor Iain Dick will blaze a trail of tartan through Galloway on a marathon mission to help older people.

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 3:35 pm
Updated Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 3:42 pm
Iain Dick will follow the route of the Galloway Milk Marathon he completed nearly 40 years ago

The independent financial advisor from Minigaff will be donning his kilt and walking 26 miles to take part in The Virtual Kiltwalk, raising money for Food Train.

People across the country will be completing their own socially-distanced challenges this year in place of the mass Kiltwalk event, which would normally take place in Glasgow.

Iain has been inspired to raise money for Food Train through his work as a volunteer with the charity’s Newton Stewart branch, where he is part of the team collecting and delivering shopping supplies to over-65s.

He said: “I was part of the local Covid-19 community resilience group.

“When that stood down last July, I wanted to continue volunteering to help folk who needed shopping - or anything else - during lockdown. I saw an advert from Food Train looking for volunteers and decided to apply. I’ve been helping since.

“I wanted to do something challenging to raise some funds for Food Train too. When I heard about Kiltwalk, I thought that fit the bill perfectly.

“I did the Galloway Milk Marathon in 1983 and 1984 so will be following that route - only walking this time.”

Every penny raised by Iain will be topped up by 50 per cent thanks to the generosity of businessman Sir Tom Hunter and The Hunter Foundation, who support the event.

Food Train, which also has a branch in Stranraer, was established by a group of older people in Dumfries almost 26 years ago and now operates across nine regions of Scotland.

It is widely acclaimed for its work in tackling malnutrition and loneliness among the over-65s.

Scotland’s Virtual Kiltwalk takes place from Friday until Sunday to allow charities to mobilise their supporters to raise funds.

Kiltwalkers are invited to don a bit of tartan and complete a socially distanced challenge, from walking, running, cycling, hopping, skipping or jumping on a trampoline, to raise funds for the charity of their choice.