June 2022

MDL walks the talk for Charlie House

A pair of MDL volunteers swapped their sofa Sunday for a walk on the wild side to support a North-east charity.

One Team MDL’s Aleks and Gordon undertook The Mighty Stride challenge – a 26-mile walk through rural Aberdeenshire, together with other 2300 volunteers of all ages taking part in The Kiltwalk.

The charitable platform organises mass-participation events across Scotland, allowing volunteer walkers to raise funds for their chosen charity. An individual or team’s final collected sum is increased by 50% by The Hunter Foundation, sponsors of the initiative.

As a result, One Team MDL raised in total over £3500 for Charlie House.

The charity’s mission is to improve the quality of life for babies, children and young people in the North-east of Scotland who have life-limiting or life-threatening conditions, and to provide support to their families.

“I just wanted to say a huge thank you for doing the Kiltwalk for the Charlie House families, it really will make a huge difference,” said Jenna Simpson, Fundraising Coordinator for Charlie House.

And what did the MDL volunteers think of the challenge?

“I’m not a runner, but I’ll happily say I’ve done the marathon with this one – I imagine that’s what one feels like! I’m a keen hiker, so I did think a flat trail would be a “walk in the park”… I’ve learnt my lesson though!" Aleks said.

“Regardless of how battered our legs felt, there was never a question of not crossing the finish line – our orange tops gave us the determination to keep going. I am so pleased we were able to do this little thing in support of the amazing work Charlie House are doing.”

To learn more about the charity and how to contribute, visit their website: https://www.charliehouse.org.uk