Looking for something different to do locally in the next week? Why not get those walking boots on and take part in the brand new Dumfries Pop-Up Kiltwalk to raise funds for British Heart Foundation Scotland’s lifesaving research into heart and circulatory diseases.

 

This is the first Kiltwalk to be held in Dumfries and takes place on Saturday 9th November. The family-friendly 6 mile route starts in one of town’s most beautiful parkland areas, Dock Park, travelling through the town centre and finishing back at Dock Park.

 

Around 1 in 3 people in Scotland die from heart and circulatory diseases and in Dumfries and Galloway alone there are around 22,700 people living with such conditions.

 

Advances in research in the last 60 years have saved and improved millions of lives, but heart diseases, stroke, vascular dementia and their risk factors such as diabetes still cause heartbreak on every street. BHF Scotland is currently funding £56m of groundbreaking research across the country, including at its Centres of Research Excellence in Glasgow and Edinburgh – science which is only made possible through public donations.

 

Heart disease affects everyone  – young and old – and its hoped all ages will be encouraged to take part in this new event.

 

Katie Yates, BHF Scotland Fundraising Manager for South West Scotland said: “We are so excited that Kiltwalk has decided to run this Pop-Up event in our beautiful town of Dumfries. It’s a great opportunity to be involved in a brilliant event and to raise money to help us beat heartbreak forever. We couldn’t continue our work without the support of our fantastic fundraisers who are always prepared to go the extra mile for us and we are so grateful to them.”

 

Paul Cooney, CEO, The Kiltwalk, said: “We are really pleased that the British Heart Foundation has joined us again at the 2019 Kiltwalks raising funds for a charity whose incredible work helps thousands of Scots every year.  Every single penny raised by their walkers will go to the British Heart Foundation plus a 40% top up from Sir Tom Hunter and The Hunter Foundation”.

 

If you would like to join Team BHF Scotland at this year’s Pop-Up Kiltwalk, you can register here https://www.thekiltwalk.co.uk/2019/09/18/the-kiltwalk-is-popping-up-in-dumfries/

 

 

For more information contact the local Fundraising Manager at BHF Scotland: Katie Yates on 07387 263985 or yatesk@bhf.org.uk

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