A YOKER man has proved no good deed goes unrewarded after he helped raise hundreds of pounds for a spina bifida charity and ended up winning a car.
Scott Thomson helped raise £400 for the charity in honour of his two-year-old niece, Ella McRae, who lives with the condition, in last month’s Royal Bank of Scotland Kiltwalk.
He donned Isle of Skye tartan in honour of his granddaughters Isla, Skye and Pippa, while his family raised a further £600 for Scottish Autism in the name of his great-nephew Matthew Townsley.
However, the 48-year-old walked away from the 13-mile Big Stroll with more than sore feet when he discovered he had bagged a brand new white Renault Clio from sponsor Arnold Clark.
The names of all 7,300 walkers were entered into a draw and – much to the surprise of Scott – his name was picked out.
Scott said: “My jaw still hurts from smiling. I’ve got three grandchildren so I’ll be giving plenty of lifts for the next wee while.
“I was at work when Paul Cooney, the Kiltwalk chief executive, phoned me and he left me a voicemail. I thought he was maybe looking for some feedback but he said ‘are you sitting down?’.
“I thought it was a joke. I have never won anything in my life before. A huge thank to the Kiltwalk and Arnold Clark. This is one of the best things that has ever happened to me.”
Speaking about his niece, he said: “It was a huge shock when Ella was born with the condition, but the charity has been so supportive to the whole family from the start. We try to do what we can to pull together and give back.
“We raised more than £400 on the day and the event was very special. The atmosphere made it feel like we were walking on the crest of a wave.”
Scott travelled to the car firm’s Hillington branch where he was presented with his new wheels.
Now, the train driver and wife Lorraine are eager to get back to fundraising, despite it being Scott’s first time taking on the challenge, he’s ready to go again – this time with 30 of his friends and family.
He added: “My wife and Laura, Matthew’s mum, were talking about the Kiltwalk one night and it just snowballed from there and about a dozen of us done it.
“So far we’ve got about 30 people roped in to do the one next year with us.”
Mr Cooney said: “Arnold Clark went above and beyond more than ever this year by kindly donating four Renault Clios. We were so pleased to be able to surprise and delight Scott, an amazing charity fundraiser who fully deserves this fantastic prize.”
David Munton, Arnold Clark Renault franchise manager, added: “The Kiltwalk is a fantastic event and it is really inspiring that so many walkers took part this year.
“We are thrilled to handover the first of the Kiltwalk Renault Clio prize cars to Scott. He is a very deserving winner and I wish him many years of happy motoring with his new vehicle.”
The 2018 Glasgow Kiltwalk will take place on Sunday, April 29.