FUNDRAISING champion Scott Glynn has declared this year’s Walk with Scott a huge success as he revealed the money it has raised is set to top £10,000.

The Tranent resident hailed a record turnout of more than 140 ‘Scotters’ who joined him to walk 30 miles on Saturday, all in the name of raising money for the Walk with Scott Foundation.

And their efforts are set to benefit the foundation to the tune of more than £10,000 – with the money raised going towards three local causes.

The distance was significant for 55-year-old Scott, who took on the walk just 30 weeks after a life-saving liver transplant, which he required after being diagnosed with liver cancer last February.

Scott told the Courier: “It was absolutely superb.

“We had 147 people do the whole walk which is by a long way a record.

“It was a brilliant day – although it was maybe a bit too warm for some people but there was plenty of water and everyone was fine.”

The Elphinstone Road resident also praised the people of East Lothian for their generosity on the walk, which saw the band of ‘Scotters’ travel from Ross High RFC, Tranent, to Longniddry via Meadowmill, then to Haddington, then Gladsmuir on the A199 before a stop for lunch at Boggs Holdings.

After lunch, walkers travelled through the Winton Estate to Pencaitland, then onto Whitecraig and Musselburgh before calling it a day at Preston Lodge RFC, Prestonpans.

He added: “People were coming up to us along the route and handing over money – it was amazing.

“I also contacted Musselburgh Rugby Club and they let us in to shake collection tins during their 7s tournament which was really good of them.

“Between the Musselburgh donations and collections we got from people off the street I think we raised an extra £700. It was nice for the walkers because it gave them an idea of the impact the [Walk with Scott] foundation has all over East Lothian.”

The money raised will help buy equipment for three projects to support mobility: a hand-crank wheelchair for Beyond Boundaries East Lothian; an adult beach wheelchair for Seton Sands; and a motorised beach wheelchair for all ages at North Berwick, which will be available for hire.

Scott said that thanks to the generosity of people locally, the foundation was able to purchase the hand-crank wheelchair for Beyond Boundaries East Lothian before the walk began on Saturday.

He said: “People have been donating to the Virgin Money fundraising page and the money goes straight into the bank account so we were able to purchase the bike before the walk.

“I asked Stevie [Nelson, activities co-ordinator at Beyond Boundaries East Lothian] to come down because we gave them a cheque for £300 to repair some of the equipment they’ve got, but we managed to buy the hand-crank wheelchair as well, so that was a great surprise.”

And Scott revealed that a marathon-length 26.2-mile walk is likely to take place in May next year as he continues his fundraising efforts.