Rhionna’s taking steps to boost charity funds

A young Milngavie girl who battled leukaemia when she was a toddlerhopes to raise £1,000 by walking 26 miles from Hampden to Balloch.

Rhionna McCulloch, who is only 11-years-old, has in the past six years raised thousands of pounds for CLIC Sargent and Yorkhill Hospital, with the help of family and friends, and this year is aiming to break the £25,000 mark.

Last year Rhionna managed to complete 21 miles of the ‘Kilt Walk’ in six hours with her mum, but this year is hoping to complete the whole walk which takes place on Sunday, April 12.

The money she raises this year will go to help fund Callum’s Cabin, a respite home on the Isle of Bute which Rhionna has been to twice to help her recovery from leukaemia.

The Clober Primary School pupil was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia — a cancer of the white blood cells — in November 2007, and fought a two-and-a-half-year rollercoaster battle against the disease.

She had to undergo intensive chemotherapy sessions at Yorkhill Sick Kids Hospital in Glasgow, which made her hair fall out. Her immune system was also lowered from the treatment, making her vulnerable to many different infections.

But throughout the whole ordeal she remained positive and was known as a ‘real diamond’ by neighbours and friends.

Rhionna, who has an older brother, Ruaridh, was finally given the all clear by doctors at the end of February 2009. However, she still needs to go for check-ups every six months for the rest of her life.

Her mum Gillian, an air traffic controller, said: “The Kilt Walk has been going since 2011. Rhionna usually raises money for CLIC Sargent and Yorkhill Hospital, but this year has decided to do it for Callum’s Cabin, where she has had two lovely holidays.”

Gillian added: “Rhionna is really looking forward to taking part in this year’s Kilt Walk. She is hoping to do the 26-mile walk this year in seven or eight hours.”

To donate go to justgivinggillianlangkiltwalk2015.