Thousands of people across Scotland donned their best tartan and walking boots to complete the virtual Kiltwalk at the weekend.
The online version began on Friday and finished yesterday with more than 13,000 people taking part individually or in small groups to ensure social distancing.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the planned walks in the country’s major cities, including Aberdeen, were cancelled by organisers.
The virtual event meant people could still raise much-needed cash for their chosen charities.
One of those kind-hearted people who had to find alternative fundraising options was Scarlett-May Maher, from Northfield in Aberdeen.
The six-year-old decided she wanted to take part in this year’s Kiltwalk event after spotting an advert for it on TV.
After having a think about what she could do, Scarlett opted to showcase her skills on the trampoline – while wearing a cute unicorn onesie.
Mum Chelsea Birkett, 28, said: “We saw the advert on TV, and Scarlett asked we could do it.
“I asked what she’d like to do and she asked if she could jump on her trampoline.
“A few weeks later I asked if she still wanted to do it, and she did, so I explained to her what charities do and asked who she’d want to do the Kiltwalk challenge for.
“I said people usually do it for a charity if they’ve lost someone, or if it helps someone they know. She asked what her little sister has.”
Scarlett’s one-year-old sister Eleira has glaucoma, after being diagnosed at six months old. The eye condition means the optic nerve, which connects the eye to the brain, has become damaged.
Eleira had to fly down to London when she was only eight months old to have an operation but is now doing well.
As a result, Scarlett chose to put money towards a charity that raises money to support those with the condition.
Chelsea said: “I asked her how long she wanted to do it for, and she came up with the idea of jumping for three hours – one hour for every day Eleira was away for her operation.
“She’s managed to raise so much, especially as it wasn’t really on social media.
“Online it is sitting at more than £230, and there’s some in-person donations I have to add as well.”
Chelsea said she was proud of her daughter for choosing to take on the fundraising challenge.
She said: “She always donates a present to social care at Christmas so she’s a nice, kind girl.”
After bouncing her way through her charity challenge – which was cheered on by neighbours – Scarlett raised £318.86 and is still accepting donations until September 21.
Chelsea said: “She managed it but had a few breaks in between. She did really well and slept really well on Saturday.
“At one point she put her iPad in the corner and she carried on jumping while watching Mr Bean and eating a packet of Squares crisps. That was one way to keep her motivated!”
To donate to Scarlett’s fundraiser, visit https://edinburghkiltwalk2020.everydayhero.com/uk/scarlett-may
Sir Tom Hunter praised those who got involved over the weekend and said millions of pounds has been raised for charity despite the physical event being halted due to the coronavirus.
He said: “I know we’ve not been able to walk together this year which is a shame, but my goodness, have you folks in Scotland got out, hopped, skipped, jumped and walked for the charities that you care about, and it’s brilliant.
“So far, this year we’ve helped over 900 different Scottish charities and raised £3 million – that’s £1.5 million from you and £1.5 million from The Hunter Foundation. There has never been a time when the folks who need it most need your help, and Scotland has come together. It absolutely warms the cockles of my heart, so thank you so much for your Kiltwalk Kindness.”