Media Release: Pipe dreams come true for Aberlour lads


Trio get to meet their Red Hot Chilli Piper heroes ahead of Edinburgh Kiltwalk

ABERLOUR residents were in for a piping hot treat when one of Scotland’s biggest bands put on a special surprise gig.

Robert Morrison (17), Jamie Thomas (22) and Brandon Anderson (22) will lead off the walkers at the Edinburgh Kiltwalk this Sunday as they take big steps to raise money for the charity which has done so much to help them, the Aberlour Child Care Trust.

And to help spur them on ahead of the big day, the Kiltwalk team arranged a very special surprise – a private performance from their favourite band, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers.

Piper Harry Richard and guitarist Ben Holloway brought the house down with a once-in-a-lifetime concert for the residents.

The world-famous bagpipe band, who recently released their 9/11 anniversary single, ‘343 The Fallen’, in collaboration with the Fire Department of New York, once again showed their charitable side ahead of their performance at the Kiltwalk closing party.

Robert, who stays at Aberlour’s Dunfermline residence, will be walking the five-mile ‘Wee Wander’ on Sunday.

He said: “It’s a moment I’ll never forget. They were incredible and we all wanted it to go on forever. We were all singing and dancing. I can’t stop smiling.

“I can’t wait to see them perform again on Sunday. We’re walking to give back to the charity which has helped me and my friends throughout my life. I can’t wait to lead the walkers who are all doing something amazing.”

The Royal Bank of Scotland Kiltwalk will see thousands of participants don their kilts and raise money for a host of children’s charities. Getting underway at Murrayfield, the event sees 100 per cent of funds raised by participants go straight to Scotland’s children’s charities.

Walkers can choose the ‘Wee Wander’ (five miles), the ‘Big Stroll’ (12 miles) or the ‘Mighty Stride’ (26 miles), ensuring there is a walk for the whole family on the day.

Paul Cooney CEO at Kiltwalk, said: “It was a real pleasure to meet these three impressive young guys and their friends and colleagues and hear why they are walking and the difference Kiltwalk funds has already made to their lives. I couldn’t think of three better candidates to lead off our walkers this Sunday in Edinburgh.

“The Red Hot Chilli Pipers’ visit to Aberlour is a memory that will last a lifetime for them, and me.   Their performance on Sunday will be a well-deserved treat at the end of a tough, but enjoyable day for our walkers who are taking part to raise money for charities close to their hearts in the final Kiltwalk of 2016. It’s not too late to sign up and be a part of a very special day.

“We’ve already distributed more than £700,000 to children’s charities so the impact is already being felt across the country.”

The Kiltwalk is backed by Sir Tom Hunter and the Hunter Foundation so that every penny, every pound raised goes to Scotland’s children.

To register for the Kiltwalk, simply sign-up at www.thekiltwalk.co.uk and choose a charity to support.


Notes to editors:

  • The Royal Bank of Scotland Kiltwalk has a three-year deal with STV Children’s Appeal. Any monies not allocated by walkers to a chosen charity will go to the STV Children’s Appeal for distribution.
  • The Royal Bank of Scotland and Arnold Clark are The Kiltwalk’s key strategic partners, with the Royal Bank of Scotland headline sponsor for this year’s events
  • The Aberlour Child Care Trust is the largest, solely Scottish, children’s charity, providing help to more than 6,000 of Scotland’s most vulnerable children, young people and families in Scotland.

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