This year, the whole team at Prospero have signed up for the Kiltwalk on Sunday 15th September, aiming to complete the 14.5 mile Big Stroll around Edinburgh.
We will be walking in aid of our two chosen charity partners, Big Hearts Community Trust and the Scottish Huntington’s Association. Both organisations are very close to our hearts and we will be raising funds in a variety of ways over the coming months, the Kiltwalk being the first of the challenges.
Why these two charities?
Big Hearts, the official charity of Heart of Midlothian Football Club, use the power of football to change the lives of the most vulnerable in our communities. Up to 2021, their main focus is to support individuals and families at risk of social isolation who need their help the most.
As a registered charity, Big Hearts works closely with the Club, local partners and charities across Edinburgh to identify needs, then build and deliver targeted programmes of support. In 2018, Big Hears engaged with over 2,285 people through 17 projects, with help from 200 volunteers.
This year, all the funds received from charity challenges like the Kiltwalk will be used to provide free meals to local families. Food poverty is one of the main issues in Gorgie/West Edinburgh and this summer, Big Hearts provided over 800 free meals to local school pupils.
Through our unique partnership, Prospero pays a share of our earnings to Big Hearts whenever a Hearts supporter takes out insurance through ourselves.
Scottish Huntington’s Association (SHA) is a Scottish charity that was established by families living with Huntington’s Disease in the late 1980s. Experiencing directly the dearth of services available to them, the organisation pursued the goal of setting up specialist family support services and this ultimately blossomed into the development of an extensive network of specialist services.
SHA also supports a network of family branches which are run by family members for family members and provide information and peer support. The groups also fundraise, are able to help people in practical ways by providing welfare grants and provide fun social opportunities. There are currently groups in Tayside, Fife, Lothian, Moray, Lanarkshire, Aberdeen, Elgin, Glasgow and Ayrshire.
Christine, our Client Manager, has first hand experience of the devastating effects this disease can have on sufferers and their families, having witnessed the battle her father and uncles have fought over the last decade. She, along with her family, who have a 50% chance of also carrying the gene, have pledged to raise funds to allow other families in a similar situation to benefit from the fantastic support and advice they have received from the Scottish Huntington’s Association.
How can you help?
If you would like to help us raise funds for these two fantastic charities, please click on the following link; https://edinburghkiltwalk2019.everydayhero.com/uk/team-prospero
Any donation, however small, is greatly appreciated and will help to make a massive difference.
** Please note, whilst the page says we are raising money for Big Hearts, all donations will be split 50/50 between the two organisations. **