In a week of football internationals, one Cupar youngster is rounding up his own ‘tartan army’ ahead of a charity event he hopes will raise bucketloads of cash for sick children.
Nine-year-old James Ritchie is organising a ‘Wee Kiltwalk’ after being moved by the story of local toddler Summer Wroniecki and her brave battle against cancer.
James (9), a pupil at Castlehill Primary School, wanted to do something to help children like Summer (4), who is thankfully now in remission.
He’s enlisting his friends and other youngsters to take part in a Kiltwalk around Cupar’s Wetlands on Sunday, October 28.
Summer’s mum Karen explained: “James’ younger brother Jaden is in the same class as my son Brody.
“James gets on really well with Summer and wanted to do something to raise money for other sick kids.
“He decided to get a few of his friends together to do a mini version of the Kiltwalk, and now we’re trying to make the event a bit bigger by getting the school involved and encouraging as many youngsters as possible to take part.”
Back in April, Karen and her husband Chris were joined by friends and family as they took part in the main Kiltwalk event from Hampden Park in Glasgow to the shores of Loch Lomond.
They raised over £30,000 for children’s charities, including James’ favourite good cause, the Sick Kids Hospital in Edinburgh.
Karen added: “We’re hoping that by publicising the Wee Kiltwalk in the paper, other youngsters will want to get involved.
“The details are still being finalised, such as how many laps of Wetlands the walk will be.
“When that’s done we’ll draw up the sponsor forms.
“It’s great that James has taken it upon himself to do all this.”
Karen and Chris are also involved in another fundraising event next month.
An event called ‘Summer’s Night’ will be held in Cupar’s Corn Exchange on Saturday, October 20.
Money raised will be split between Tayside Children with Cancer and Leukaemia (TCCL), and Kean’s Children’s Fund.
Karen said: “Those two charities helped Summer a lot through her illness.
“TCCL are hoping to build a lodge within 90 minutes of Ninewells Hospital for families who need a break but still have to be within reach of the hospital.
“Charlie Kean has his own business in Dundee and does a lot for sick kids at Ninewells.
“The night in the Corn Exchange will just be for adults and is a way of saying thank you to all the people who have helped us through Summer’s illness.”
The event will feature a disco, a singer, an auction, a raffle, stovies and more, and it’s BYOB.
Tickets can be bought directly from Karen or her sister-in-law Simone Watson, who has been instrumental in organising the event along with her friend Jenna Trayner.
Anyone who would like tickets can contact Karen on 07792617466 or Simone on 07875442673.
Businesses or individuals who would like to donate raffle or auction prizes are also asked to contact Karen or Simone.
Summer and Brody (6) were recently named joint winners in the Child of Achievement category at the Kingdom FM Local Hero Awards at the Rothes Halls in Glenrothes.
Judges praised Summer’s bravery in her battle against cancer following her diagnosis a year ago, while Brody was recognised for being a tower of strength for his little sister during a difficult time.