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Journalists complete 50km challenge for daily’s campaign

Deboarah AndersonJournalists have completed a 50-kilometre remote charity challenge to aid a campaign run by their newspapers.

HTFP covered last week how staff at Glasgow-based daily The Herald were set to take part in a ‘Virtual Kiltwalk’ in aid of the paper’s bid to create a memorial garden at Glasgow’s Pollok Park to those lost to Covid-19 in Scotland.

Donald Martin, editor of The Herald and Herald on Sunday, Mark Eadie, assistant editor of The Herald, and Deborah Anderson, pictured, Herald memorial garden campaign co-ordinator, remotely walked and jogged after setting themselves a total target of 50km.

Donald completed the distance of a marathon, racking up 42km, while the other two both undertook 5km runs.

The charity Kiltwalks – usually held annually in Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh – are organised by venture philanthropy group The Hunter Foundation, which tops up any further funds raised by participants by 50pc.

Donald said: “We were delighted to get involved with the Virtual Kiltwalk event and we had no hesitation in entering our own team to help boost funds for The Herald memorial garden campaign.

“Deborah, Mark and myself were only too happy to be part of this event.

“It was fantastic to see so many people across Scotland taking part in the virtual challenge and posting their messages and pictures on social media.

“We are very grateful to Sir Tom Hunter and his foundation which will generously top up every penny raised by Kiltwalkers by 50 per cent.”

So far The Herald has raised more than £22,000 towards its fundraising target of £50,000 to create the memorial.

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