Tartan-clad pupils are up for Kiltwalk

Pupils Gemma Young, Lee Gorrie & Neve Anderson decked in tartan to promote the school's charity Kiltwalk Photo
Pupils Gemma Young, Lee Gorrie & Neve Anderson decked in tartan to promote the school's charity Kiltwalk Photo

Pupils at Buckhaven Primary School are planning to stage their own fundraising Kiltwalk – and they hope the public will turn out to support them.

Around 300 youngsters will take part in Tartan-themed walk on Friday, May 9, starting from the school at 10.00 a.m.

The Buckhaven walk is being staged with the support of the organisers of the various Kiltwalk events around the country and will raise money for children’s charities, as well as school funds.

The idea came about following a meeting of Buckhaven Primary School Parent Council.

Shelley Anderson, a member of the parent council, said: “The Kiltwalk is for the whole school, so around 300 pupils will be taking part.

“It should be quite a sight as they’ll be decked out wearing tartan sashes and other items of tartan. We’re going to be putting posters up in the area to let everyone know about it.

“Hopefully people in the community will come out and give the kids a wave.”

Shelley explained the school decided to get involved after hearing from one of the other parents who had taken part in a Kiltwalk.

“The school does a lot of fundraising, and this idea was put forward,” she said.

“In the school, we’ve had a number of children who have been affected by serious illnesses. As the Kiltwalk is all about raising funds for children’s charities, we thought it would be good to get involved in some way.”

Kiltwalks are taking place in various towns and cities across Scotland. Glasgow hosted its Kiltwalk on Sunday, and there will be a Kiltwalk in Edinburgh on Sunday, May 11.

However, rather than trying to take part in one of the Kiltwalks, the parents agreed it would be a better idea to organise one of their own.

“We got in touch with the Kiltwalk people and they’ve been really supportive.

“We’ve got sponsorship sheets for the children and the funds we raise will be split between the school and the charities supported by Kiltwalk.

“We’re planning to turn the event into a fun occasion. We’re going to put up gazebos in the playground and have balloons and banners, and the children have been busy making posters.

“We want people to know about it and come along on the day to give the children some encouragement.”