A WOMAN from Glasgow has reached a fundraising milestone for a Scottish charity after taking part in the Glasgow Kiltwalk.

Kimberley Burns has now raised more than £20,000 for the charity Epilepsy Scotland in just over five years of fundraising activities and events.

She reached the milestone after raising £2200 at the latest Glasgow Kiltwalk, where she and her mum walked 22.6 miles for the charity.

Burns said she was “buzzing” to have reached the milestone and that she was inspired to do so by her partner Grant.

She said: “I am totally buzzing I have reached the milestone of raising over £20,000 for such a great charity and helping to raise awareness of the condition along the way.

“I thank everyone who has donated to my fundraising efforts, and I look forward to my next fundraising challenge!”

Burns began fundraising for Epilepsy Scotland in 2018 due to her partner, who was suddenly diagnosed with Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy nine years ago.

As a result of his symptoms, Grant lost his driving license and spent years trying to find the right combination of medicines to keep him seizure-free.

Burns said: “Since I have known Grant I would say he is an inspiration to anyone living with epilepsy, he has never once let it get the better of him.

“I was so inspired by Grant I realized I had to use my voice and action to advocate for people who have Epilepsy, or people caring for someone who has epilepsy.”

Over the years, Burns and her partner have reached out to Epilepsy Scotland for support, which inspired her to then raise money for the charity as a way of saying thank you.

The charity supports more than 58,000 people living in Scotland with epilepsy, as well as their families and carers.

Burns’s fundraising story began in 2018 when she took part in her first activity for Epilepsy Scotland, a zip slide across the river Clyde.

Since then, she has participated in and organized several fundraising activities including dog jogs, fire walks, charity football matches, and bake sales.

Her charity baking led her to start her own cake business, which she uses to help raise awareness and money for her fundraising events.

Commenting, Jane Roberts, fundraising manager at Epilepsy Scotland, said: “What Kimberley has achieved over the last few years is extraordinary.

“Her dedication, enthusiasm and infectious smile always brings joy to the office when she visits.

“I want to thank her deeply, on behalf of everyone at Epilepsy Scotland, for tirelessly fundraising and advocating on behalf of the charity.

“She truly is a gem and should be immensely proud.”

Find out more about Epilepsy Scotland here.

 

Source: thenational.scot, Lucy Jackson

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