The Coronavirus has had a devastating impact on Scottish events and charity fundraising. The Kiltwalk series is one of Scotland’s top mass participation fundraisers. In a show of incredible support and kindness, Kiltwalk partner The Hunter Foundation has announced they will continue to donate their generous bonus to Kiltwalkers even if walks are cancelled!
We love being part of the Edinburgh Kiltwalk. The MRT Team will be part of the Edinburgh Kiltwalk 2020, on Sunday 13th September and we’d love you to join us! It’s a wonderful way for small charities like ours to fundraise. The Hunter Foundation, announced earlier this year it will be upping its charitable bonus to every participant’s fundraising total to a whopping 50%!
In 2019 Audrey took part with her son David, who is one of our Riders, and their family,
We had a wonderful time taking part in the Kiltwalk this year. We did the Wee Wander, which is 5 miles, and it was a lovely walk. The atmosphere was so friendly and we got chatting to lots of people raising funds for other charities too. It was so rewarding to raise money for MRT, a charity we love, and an organisation that has given David, and the rest of our family, so much support over a long number of years. We would encourage other families to take part in the Kiltwalk and to support this amazing organisation, which gives so much to all of our riders and their families.
There are three distances to choose from, 5 mile Wee Wander , 14.5 mile Big Stroll, 24 mile Mighty Stride with the shortest distance, the 5 mile Wee Wander being wheelchair accessible, and all ending at Murrayfield Stadium with the Kiltwalk Party!
Shirley is our Office Manager, and was one of our Kiltwalkers last year,
2019 was my second time doing the Kiltwalk for MRT. We did some practice walks before hand which was really nice and great having the time to walk and chat with other fantastic team members from different sessions. MRT has lots of different fundraisers, but for me, walking, talking and being offered food along the way is ideal!! While the feet were hot and the hips were a wee bit worn out, it was a great day from start to finish and we all had BIG smiles on our faces at the end of our achievement.
There are lots of way you can get involved; as a walker, a donor or as a volunteer. Find out how to register to walk, donate or volunteer at The Edinburgh Kiltwalk for Team MRT
Tuesday 17 March 2020
From Michelle Sutton, Chair, Muirfield Riding Therapy,
I am writing to you with a heavy heart to let you know that Muirfield Riding Therapy is now closed because of the impact of the Coronavirus. This closure includes the cancellation or postponement of all training and fundraising events until the end of May.
As has always been the case the health and well being of our riders and volunteers is the priority in our decision making process. With the recent government announcements we feel we can no longer operate our riding therapy sessions.
I know that this will be really disappointing to those people who will miss the last 2 weeks of their terms riding. We are already getting calls about when we will reopen – the honest answer is we simply do not know. We will review again on a regular basis but I do not expect to open before the 1st June and so unlikely to offer regular sessions until after the Summer holidays.
To protect our team of volunteers and employees the MRT office will not be manned for the next few weeks. Instead our admin teams will be working from home as much as they can. If you need to get in touch please drop us an email and we will respond as soon as we can;
Chair, Michelle Sutton: [email protected]
Services, Susan Law: [email protected]
Administration, Shirely Duff: [email protected]
Fundraising, Debs McLaughlin: [email protected]
Thank you for your support and understanding at this difficult time. Our thoughts are with you all and we look forward to seeing our riders back in the future.
Friday 13 March 2020
From Michelle Sutton, Chair, Muirfield Riding Therapy,
Hello everyone, the health and well being of our riders and volunteers is of paramount importance. We are continually reviewing our position on the Coronavirus and will be updating on a weekly basis.
For the moment we will continue to offer riding therapy sessions and will do so in line with Government and National Health Authority advice. If schools decide to close then we would also close – we are not at that stage yet.
- If you feel unwell please stay away from MRT. Call the Office and let us know – 01620 842502
- If you are being tested for Coronavirus, even if you have not had it confirmed, please contact Michelle Sutton on 07888 754995 in confidence. This will enable us to take appropriate action to safeguard our volunteers and riders.
- If you have been on holiday please check the up to date guidance for travelers before returning to MRT. Depending on where you have been you may need to stay away from MRT for a couple of weeks. Based on latest advice If you have visited any of the following areas please don’t come to MRT for 14 days from your date of return:
- Hong Kong
- Myanmar (Burma)
- South Korea
- Tenerife – only the H10 Costa Adeje Palace Hotel
MRT Board will continue to monitor the situation and will issue further guidance as required. If you decide that the best option for you is to stay away from MRT then please let us know so we can adapt sessions accordingly.
Thanks all – take care and remember Catch it, Bin it, Kill it!