With a week to go before Craig Anderson takes to the route of the Glasgow Kilt Walk I sat down to talk to him about the motivations behind his choice of charity and what exactly motivated him to pull on a kilt and walk the 23 mile route.
“My wife had to have an emergency cesarean under general anaesthetic, without me in the room as I waited in the corridor with a cup of tea, which to this day, I don’t remember drinking.” He begins to explain the reason for supporting this charity. For any parent, it is something we all dread.
His newborn daughter Seren, born nine weeks early after Craig’s wife was rushed into theatre following high blood pressure readings and the threat of pre-eclampsia – a life threatening condition that can lead to death of both mother and child. Doctors decided that the best course of action was to deliver the tiny tot early.
“On the day she was born, the doctors were concerned about lack of movement so made the decision there are then that she was coming.” Seren was taken straight to the neo-natal unit and put into an incubator.
“A nurse brought her past me in the corridor and I met my daughter for the first time. I managed to get a quick picture of her to show Susanne once she came too. Seren was in hospital for six weeks.” Craig recalls. I can only imagine what must have been going through his mind.
“This was at Crosshouse Hospital’s maternity unit in Ayrshire so there became the most stressful day of my life. Just seven weeks earlier, my dad had passed away so emotionally, I wasn’t sure if I was ready for this.”
Seren and Susanne are now both fine, neither suffered any lasting damage from their harrowing ordeal. Now as Craig trains, I wondered what made him choose such a tough challenge.
“As someone that has been generally overweight for most of my adult life, I wanted to do something not as intense as running a full marathon, but definitely more active than growing a moustache. This is actually my second Kiltwalk, having done it two years ago and the sense of achievement from doing it then made me want to do it again.” He continued, “Basically. I enjoy walking so I thought that would be the best thing for me. My feet were in bits and I couldn’t move for two days, but it was totally worth it. As long as the scenery changes and I’ve got plenty of stuff to listen to, I’ll be sound as a pound.”
We at Chasing The Puck will be making our donation to Craig based on the amount of merchandise we have sold in the last few weeks. We would like to wish him all the best for the walk!
Right now, Craig is 50% to his goal of £1,000. If you have a little spare cash and you’d like to donate to Craig directly, his JustGiving page is here