Johnston Carmichael staff go the extra mile for Kiltwalk campaign


Mark Houston

Mark Houston

Business Advisory Partner

02 April 2018


    Once again, teams from Johnston Carmichael offices across Scotland are set to take part in their local Kiltwalks in order to raise money for charity.

    This year 21 staff from the Glasgow office of the country’s largest firm of chartered accountants will be walking for Calum’s Cabin, the cancer respite charity on the Isle of Bute that was set up in memory of 12-year-old Calum Speirs who died of a brain tumour in 2007.

    However, for some team members, the prospect of walking 26 miles is not enough, they’ve volunteered to take part in all four Kiltwalks that will be taking place around the country.

    Jillian Stewart (25), a Business Solutions Assistant in Johnston Carmichael’s Glasgow Office is one of them. This will be the third time that’s she’s participated and despite developing excruciating blisters during last year’s walk, she’ll be pulling on her boots to complete each of the Kiltwalk events in Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee, finishing up with Edinburgh on 16 September.

    “I’ve really enjoyed the previous Kiltwalks so this year I thought I’d set myself the challenge of doing all of them,” she said.

    “Recently the team from the Glasgow office travelled to Bute to walk around the island and to see for ourselves the great work being done by Calum’s Cabin.

    “Next we are heading off to Arran for another practice walk to help us get ready for the first event, which takes place in Glasgow on 29 April.”

    This year Sir Tom Hunter and The Hunter Foundation will be adding 40% to all funds raised by teams in the Kiltwalk, up to a limit of £5,000 and that, says Jillian, is an added incentive to raise as much money as possible.

    And this year she’s taking no chances with blisters. She’s got herself a new pair of walking boots and high-quality hiking socks and says that on the 15-mile walk around Bute she experienced no damage to her feet.

    “I don’t want a repeat of last year when, for a week after the Kiltwalk, I had to wear flipflops to work because wearing shoes was so painful.”

    Mark Houston, Managing Partner at Johnston Carmichael’s Glasgow office, said: “I will be joining our staff once again as we put our best feet forward for a great cause. We can’t wait to get going; reaching the finishing line is a fantastic feeling.

    We are delighted to be supporting Calum’s Cabin and we hope to raise as much as possible during the course of the 2018 Kiltwalks.

    Mark Houston

    Managing Partner at Johnston Carmichael’s Glasgow office

    Jillian Stewart took a short video of the team's training walk on Bute. Click on the video below to watch the highlights: