Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home’s Kiltwalkers complete mammoth task


Sunday 16 September 2018 saw around 5,000 Kiltwalkers (plus the odd dog) taking on one of the three distance challenges (24, 15.5 or 5 miles) around Edinburgh in a massive effort to raise funds for their chosen charities. 

The Edinburgh Kiltwalk, which was the fourth and final Kiltwalk in Scotland of 2018, raised over £1,000,000 for various charities – a total which has beaten every other years’ efforts. 

Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home was supported by 17 amazing walkers on the day, all donning their tartan in order to raise funds to help care for the hundreds of stray and unwanted pets we look after each year. Amongst the supporters was Tristan Cameron-Harper, model, ex-professional ice hockey player and one of Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home’s Animal Champions. 

Despite the less-than-perfect weather, everyone was in high spirits throughout the walk, which ended at Murrayfield with a ceilidh – and the mighty Red Hot Chilli Pipers providing the tunes. 

One of our wonderful ex-residents, Blue, who was rehomed by our Stockbridge charity shop manager, was first to cross the finish line in the Big Stroll and enjoyed 5 minutes of fame across STV News’ social media pages. 

Gillian Graham, Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home’s Senior Fundraiser, said “Despite waking with aching legs and blistered feet, I would definitely recommend taking part in the Kiltwalk. The energy on the day is infectious. My favourite moments were just seeing so many people come together to take part in this amazing event in support of many worthwhile causes, the warm welcome of the Red Hot Chilli Pipers at the end and of course seeing all the dogs joining in! Sign me up now for Kiltwalk 2019!"

Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who showed their support at the Kiltwalk, and of course for all the vital funds raised which will provide crucial services to Edinburgh and the Lothians’ lost and abandoned pets. 

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