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Kiltwalk 2024 with Haldane Youth Services

6th May 2024

The Kiltwalk was a whirlwind of tartan and determination, and it was amazing to see 900 charities coming together for a common cause. The energy was substantial; we are immensely proud of Sarah, one of our Youth workers who took part in the Mighty Stride and the team of staff, volunteers and young people who participated in the Wee Wander.

The highlight of this year's Kiltwalk for HYS was the generous donation of £5000 that we received as one of two charities at the Happiest Minute at the Kiltwalk from The Hunter Foundation. On behalf of all participants, we extend our heartfelt thanks for the surprise donation. Your generous contribution has brought joy and opened up a realm of possibilities for all of our projects. The impact of your support is immeasurable, and we are all deeply grateful for the difference it will make to all the children and young people.

It was a day where every stride, no matter how big or small, significantly impacted all at HYS.

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Sarah said,
"I chose to do the Glasgow Kiltwalk 2024 to raise vital funds for Haldane youth services, and there are personal and professional reasons why I set myself up for this mighty challenge. 

All my own children have been involved in the service throughout the years and have been involved in many opportunities, from weekend camping trips and residentials to learning and gaining basic first aid in the kitchen certificates; throughout these activities, they have made strong friendships with other young people and gained confidence enabling them to succeed throughout their childhood into adulthood.

I had taken part in last year's Kiltwalk, and it took me over 8 ½ hours to complete, so I wanted to beat my time, and this was achieved as it took me 7 hours and 2 minutes. Taking on this challenge was my way of giving back to the service and showing my appreciation for all the hard work and opportunities they have given my own children. 

 

I gained employment with Haldane Youth Services in September 2022 in this time, I have experienced how much hard work and planning goes on in the background, from planning activities for fun shops, organising trips, building relationships with the young people, getting to know their interests so that you can incorporate these into activities, sourcing resources and learning new skills / keeping up with relevant training.

All charities are struggling due to funding cutbacks. They rely on funding applications and donations to enable Haldane Youth Services to continue doing a fantastic job and provide a safe, nurturing space for young people. 

'What a feeling crossing the finish line to be welcomed by other staff members. The support and encouragement throughout was outstanding and appreciated, which makes it all worthwhile' Sarah Houston.

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