MPs David Linden and Gavin Newlands raise £1200 for Bliss Scotland

Posted on January 15, 2020

David Linden MP and Gavin Newlands MP today presented Bliss Scotland with a cheque, having raised the money by doing the 24-mile ‘Mighty Stride’ Kiltwalk around Edinburgh last September.

Both MPs have experience of having children born prematurely and needing neonatal care after they were born.

David Linden, MP for Glasgow East and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Premature and Sick Babies, said: ‘Gavin and I have enormous respect for the work that Bliss Scotland do, so we were delighted to walk 24 miles around Edinburgh to raise some money for a cause so close to our hearts. We would like to thank everyone who supported us and encouraged us along the way. As both of my children needed specialist care after they were born, it meant a lot to me to be able to support Bliss Scotland by raising funds for them, alongside the work I have done to raise awareness of the issues affecting the parents of premature and sick babies in Westminster’.

Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said ‘This was my first time doing the Kiltwalk and I am delighted I was able to do so in support of Bliss Scotland as neonatal care and premature birth are causes close to my heart. My wife Lynn had pre-eclampsia with both our girls. My oldest daughter, Emma, was born 6 weeks premature at 3lbs 10oz by emergency caesarean and only after a fortnight of tremendous care and support at the Southern General's Special Care Baby Unit could my wife and child come home safe and healthy. I was proud to walk alongside my good friend and colleague, David Linden MP, who has campaigned tirelessly on this issue since he was elected in 2017’.

Justin Irwin, Chief Executive of Bliss Scotland, said: ‘We are incredibly grateful to both Gavin and David for taking time out of their busy schedules to raise money for Bliss Scotland, and for all that they do to raise awareness of the issues affecting premature and sick babies and their families. This money will go directly to ensuring that babies born needing neonatal care in Scotland have the best chance of survival and quality of life’.

Kiltwalk events are held in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh, with three distances to choose from, suitable for walkers of all ages and experiences, with the 24-mile ‘Mighty Stride’ being the longest. 140% of the money raised by walkers goes to the Scottish charity of their choice as each Kiltwalker’s fundraising, up to £5000, receives an extra 40% top up by Sir Tom Hunter and The Hunter Foundation. Registrations for the 2020 Kiltwalks are now open. You can find out about doing it with Bliss here.