THERE may have been plenty of sore feet in Cupar on Sunday night, but there were also many happy hearts after the town’s ‘Team Summer’ raised over £25,000 by taking part in the 26-mile Kiltwalk event.
With 36 participants, the Cupar team was by far the largest in the 780-strong group who walked from Hampden Stadium in Glasgow to Balloch on the shore of Loch Lomond, to raise money for a variety of children’s charities in Scotland.
‘Team Summer’ was led by Cupar couple Karen and Chris Wroniecki, whose three-year-old daughter Summer has undergone intensive treatment for a tumour at Edinburgh’s Sick Kids hospital.
They were joined by family and friends who all wanted to take part to show their support to the family — including Summer’s six-year-old brother Brody — and together they raised an amazing £25,000 with cash still coming in.
Chris said he was overwhelmed by the support they have been shown over the last few months, particularly by the number of people willing to get involved in fund-raising.
“The whole thing has just been amazing and the atmosphere during the walk was great.
“We were by far the largest group and it’s a real credit to Cupar that so many people took part.
“We think we have raised about £25,000 but there are still donations to come in and totals to add up.”
The walk began at 9am with most Kiltwalkers finishing by 4pm.
However, Cupar postman Jimmy Honeyman went one step further breaking the Kiltwalk record by completing the challenge in just five hours and 15 minutes!
“When we got to the end about 3.30pm Summer and Brody were there to cheer us on; it was a really special moment,” added Chris.
“We have to pay special thanks to bus company Moffat and Williamson who were very accommodating and didn’t mind the party on the bus home afterwards, and to Alan Arnott for taking photographs.
“We are also really grateful to the guys who organised an ‘Old Firm’ football match in Cupar on Sunday. They raised £1000 which is a great boost to our total.”
Chris added the one downside had been that his brother-in-law Bruce Watson had not been able to join in the walk after being struck down by viral meningitis at the weekend.
“Bruce was really disappointed but the main thing is that he is getting better and we are already planning another walk so he can join in.”
The money raised by ‘Team Summer’ at Sunday’s event will be split between the Kiltwalk’s own charities — CLIC Sargeant, Aberlour Children’s Charity, CHAS and the Tartan Army Children’s Charity — while 50 per cent will go to the Wroniecki’s chosen charity, ward two at the Sicks Kids hospital.
All money raised by events such as the football match and the forthcoming fancy dress walk from St Andrews to Cupar next Saturday (April 21) will also go to the Sick Kids.
Anyone who would like to take part in ‘Team Summer’ fund-raising activities can contact Chris on 07766 665401 or donate at www.justgiving.com/Christian-Wroniecki