Fundraising Events

There are so many fundraising challenges and events throughout Scotland and we’d love for you to take part in one for #TeamSFAD! You can fundraise by taking part in any run, walk, cycle or sports challenge.

We’ve listed some of the most popular events our fundraisers like to take part in.

The safety of our supporters is our number one priority. We are keeping up to date with current advice from the UK and Scottish Government and will follow this for the safety of our supporters. We hope these events can go ahead as planned but we will have contingency plans in place for all the following events if they can’t go ahead due to the ongoing pandemic. If you have any concerns or want to talk to us further please do not hesitate to get in touch with our Community Fundraiser Clare Morrison –


The Scottish Half Marathon gives runners the opportunity to experience the unforgettable East Lothian scenic countryside and famous Golf Coast before finishing in front of the grandstand at Musselburgh Racecourse – Scotland’s oldest racecourse! Could you take on the flat, fast, and iconic route to raise vital funds for Scottish Families?
All runners will get a Scottish Families runner vest or top plus a running pack full of tips on how to prepare for the big day. Our Community Fundraiser Clare will be on-hand to encourage you, answer any questions and give ideas on how to maximise your fundraising.
We ask that all runners commit to a minimum sponsorship of £100.

Group finishing Kiltwalk in Glasgow

The Kiltwalk has announced an in-person event on Sunday 26th September 2021. You can choose to walk 3 miles or 16 miles (the routes have been changed to allow for social distancing and in line with government guidance). A lot of work has gone into making the route Covid secure for everyone.

For every pound you raise the Hunter Foundation gives an extra 50%! So every £10 becomes £15!

All Scottish Families walkers get a FREE place, a t-shirt and a medal when they cross the finish line.

Sign-up for a Kiltwalk

Secure your spot in one of the most stunning marathons in the world! Once ranked in the top 10 by Runner’s World readers, the Loch Ness Marathon is a picturesque route with natural beauty and a fantastic atmosphere. Not forgetting the opportunity to spot Nessie in the water! Why not set yourself a challenge and support Scottish Families?
This marathon is a slightly more challenging course but you reap the benefits from the breathtaking views alone. Bagpipes will play as you go over the start line, before heading down through beautiful countryside. It’s described to be like running the humps of the Loch Ness Monster.
When you get to the banks of Loch Ness, the route is flat and continues along for several miles before a slight climb at mile 19. Onto the home stretch where big crowds cheer you to that finish line!
All runners will get a Scottish Families runner vest or top plus running pack full of tips on how to prepare for the big day. Our Community Fundraiser Clare will be on-hand to encourage you, answer any questions and give ideas on how to maximise your fundraising.

Are you brave enough to join us for Scottish Families first ever Firewalk? We are delighted to be working with our friends at Carers Link East Dunbartonshire to bring you this special event!

Take on a life-changing challenge and raise money for families affected by a loved one’s drug or alcohol use across Scotland by braving the coals and walking across fire.

Full training will be given to all participants before taking part, all you need to bring is your courage!

We only have limited spaces for this very special event so please register for your place as soon as possible if you would like to take part.

This event is open to anyone over the age of 12 (a declaration signed by a parent/guardian will be required before taking part). There is NO REGISTRATION FEE, all we ask is that anyone taking part raises a minimum sponsorship of £150.

To get your FREE place for Scottish Families register now.

Supporter Stories

Susan’s Story

woman with medal at Kiltwalk

‘I’d heard of the Kiltwalk but never thought I could walk the distance, however last year (2017) someone suggested I could. With only 4 weeks left to go, I signed up! One of the best decisions I’ve made in a long time. For me it was a no-brainer to sign-up again for the Kiltwalk 2019 – I’ve committed myself to raise money for Scottish Families again as they had been so encouraging last year. They welcomed me at the start line in Glasgow Green and were there to greet me at the finish line in Balloch Park. It is one Sunday out of 52, why not give it a bash? Hope to see you there!’ – Susan

Claire’s Story

woman with medal

My dad passed away on 23rd September 2016 due to complications caused by the effects of alcohol. I decided I wanted to do something to raise awareness of the dangers of alcohol and the impact it has on families. As far back as I can remember my dad was a ‘drinker’. I was always worried when I couldn’t get a hold of him or if he wasn’t answering his phone. I always feared the worst.

Along with raising awareness, I thought it would be great if I could get fit at the same time. I decided to enter the Glasgow Half Marathon which would take place on the 30th of September 2018 and raise money for Scottish Families. I did a lot of research before choosing a charity, but I really like the fact that Scottish Families focuses on helping families.

I entered about 9 months before the half marathon and although I could run (jog) 5k I definitely would not describe myself as a natural runner. I had to train very hard and it took a lot of commitment. There were times I really felt like giving up, but I would think of my dad and how proud he would be of me and it kept me going.

Throughout my training, I received lovely emails of support from the team at Scottish Families. This made me feel like I was doing something really worthwhile and it was lovely that people I didn’t even know were thinking of me and spurring me on.

The 30th of September came around very quickly and on the day I had my family there to support me. The atmosphere was fabulous and the support all the way around the course was amazing. I really struggled from mile 9 miles onwards but the support from the crowd and the thought of all the people who would benefit from the money I’d raised kept me going.

When the end was in sight, I’ve never felt so glad! I couldn’t believe I had actually completed a half marathon and I wore my medal and t-shirt for the rest of the day with pride! In the end, I raised £545 all for a worthy cause. – Claire

Cancellation of Events

As we continue through the pandemic all events are still subject to change. A decision to postpone or cancel an event can, unfortunately, be made at very short notice. The decision to postpone or cancel an event can come from the event organisers, the event insurers, the local authorities, or the Scottish Government. These decisions are usually out of our control and we are likely to get as much notice as the event participants. Public safety and reducing the spread of Coronavirus is everyone’s priority and we will support any measures deemed necessary to keep infection rates down.

However, we remain hopeful that socially distanced events can continue in some form in Autumn/Winter 2021. We are very grateful for anyone who is able to fundraise for us.

If your event is cancelled you will be offered an alternative event option, such as a virtual event or a later date.

Any sponsorship you have raised will be rolled forward to this new event. Anyone who has sponsored you is entitled to ask for a refund and we are happy to process this.

In recognition of the ongoing uncertainty around events, we are going to cover the registration fees for events until the end of 2021 and we will not ask for any participants to pay a deposit towards places. Instead, all event participants will be asked to aim for a minimum sponsorship.

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