Liam McGrory enjoyed the Kiltwalk experience so much, he took part in 4 of the events in 2019!
“I decided to raise funds for the Scottish Cot death trust in memory of Adam Kelly. Adam is my cousin’s son, who sadly passed away at just 4 months old in February 2011. It had a profound effect on the entire family.
In the period following Adam’s death, the Trust was a huge support to Joanne, Adam’s Mum, and to the wider family. I’m pretty sure that none of the family, myself included, had ever heard of the Trust or of the incredible work it does, not only in the wonderful, compassionate support it provides to families who have experienced the loss of a child but also in its work to educate all of us on the risks of cot death and how best to care for our children to, hopefully, avoid more families having to suffer the same intense pain and suffering that losing a child brings.
Pretty soon after Adam’s passing the family decided to raise funds in his name to help support the Scottish Cot Death Trust to continue this vital work. Through various events and challenges, ranging from Marathons to pram pushes, the family has raised more than £30,000 in Adam’s memory.
As for my personal fundraising for the trust, although I supported all of the other events, either through work commitments or injury I wasn’t able to do something on my own. After going to the Kiltwalk village in Edinburgh in 2018 to support a friend who was taking part I was struck by the incredible atmosphere as I watched so many people complete a personal challenge whilst supporting causes close to their hearts. There and then I said to my wife that I’d do all 4 Kiltwalks across the country in 2019 for the causes that meant the most to me.
Of course, The Scottish Cot Death trust was at the top of that list and so I took on the 23 miles in Glasgow in April alongside my sister Jade. We raised £700 through the incredible generosity of friends, family and total strangers. After completing the Aberdeen Kiltwalk for Diabetes Scotland and the Dundee Kiltwalk for Scottish Autism I decided that in Edinburgh I would end my Kiltwalk Journey as it began, taking on the Mighty Stride in memory of Adam. Walking 24 miles in Edinburgh with a dodgy knee was a massive challenge, far bigger than I’d anticipated, but thinking of why I was doing it, the people who had supported me through their donations and kind messages really pushed me over the finish line.
On both of my Kiltwalks supporting the Scottish Cot Death trust, I received fantastic support. The regular contact from Marlene is brilliant, you are made to feel that the Trust is really grateful for your support and there is a genuine warmth which comes over in every communication. Through my experience in raising funds for several charities over the years I can honestly say the support provided by the Trust is second to none. I’m looking forward to continuing to support the charity in the future by raising more funds in Adam’s memory”.
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