Marathon charity effort by Johnston Carmichael


Andrew Shepherd

Andrew Shepherd

Partner and Chairman

19 September 2017


    Staff and partners from the Edinburgh office of Johnston Carmichael have raised over £4,100 for charity after taking part in this year’s Royal Bank of Scotland Kiltwalk in the capital.

    A team of 10 hardy walkers laced up their boots to take part in the Edinburgh Kiltwalk on September 17 in aid of a range of charities.

    Their efforts will support Ronald McDonald House, The Brain Tumour Charity, It’s good 2 give which helps local people and young children with cancer and their families and Johnston Carmichael’s Edinburgh office charity partner, Pilton Youth and Children’s Project.

    The accountancy and business advisory firm, which is the gold sponsor of the event, has 11 offices across Scotland, with premises surrounding each of the four Kiltwalk routes.

    The firm is throwing its weight behind all of the events, with JC staff have been training hard, donning their tartan and raising money for local and national charities in the areas where they live and work.

    In the Edinburgh Kiltwalk 2017, walkers could choose from the Mighty Stride (26 miles), which left from Murrayfield and took in Gypsy Brae before heading inland to Holyrood Park and the city centre; the Big Stroll (12 miles), which also commenced at Murrayfield; and the Wee Wander (five miles), starting at Gypsy Brae. Each walk finished at the Kiltwalk Village in Murrayfield.

    Andrew Shepherd, the firm’s chairman and partner in the Edinburgh office, who took part in the walk, said:

    "There were smiles all round in the Edinburgh office afterwards. We are extremely proud of our association with Kiltwalk, which brings people together all over Scotland to raise funds for some amazing causes."

    As a business, we are committed to contributing to and supporting the communities in which we live and work, so we’ve been urging our staff to raise as much as they could for each event. With almost 700 staff and partners in our business, we can really make a difference and it is truly rewarding to know that every step we took will help to transform lives

    Paul Cooney, chief executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland Kiltwalk, said: “We really value the contribution by Johnston Carmichael’s Edinburgh employees. It’s hugely rewarding to see how the company’s staff got behind the Kiltwalk as part of the gold sponsorship deal.”

    This year, for every £1 raised, £1.40 will go to walkers’ chosen charities. This comes after Sir Tom Hunter and The Hunter Foundation generously pledged that 140 per cent of all fundraising at the 2017 Royal Bank of Scotland Kiltwalk events will go to charity.

    For the first time ever, this year the Kiltwalk was open to all charities, enabling walkers to raise money for any cause close to their hearts.

    Funds raised by the Kiltwalk since it began in 2011 could reach £5 million.

    To find out more about the Royal Bank of Scotland Kiltwalk, visit the Kiltwalk website for more information,