AN IRVINE boy aged nine has raised more than £400 to help an Ayrshire charity after recently completing the Kiltwalk around town.

St Mark’s Primary pupil AJ Morton, raised £420 to help Beautiful Inside and Out when he completed the Kiltwalk late last month.

And proud mum Diane Morton told the Times the kind-hearted kid was already planning next year’s walk as the pair thanked everyone for their support.

She said: “It took him about four hours. It was just over six miles. He went up Livingstone Terrace, down Kilwinning Road and then beach front then right back again.

“The weather was lovely, it was so good that weekend. He absolutely loved it and he’s planning next year already. The weather was a lot better this year as last year it started to rain half way through.

“Next year things will be probably be back to normal so I was saying maybe we’ll need to go somewhere but he said he likes walking about his own town. He did it last year for a children’s charity with St Mark’s.

“He managed to raise £400 and with the Hunter Foundation top up he’s managed to raise £600. He’s done well and it will certainly do a lot of good.

“My dad did commit suicide many years ago when I was young and I have always supported that charity and my daughter used to dance with Jenna the wee girl the charity was in memory of, so he decided he wanted to support them. They have had a lot of referrals and calls in the last year with the pandemic and are doing a lot for mental health.”

Beautiful Inside and Out is a Scottish registered charity supporting bereaved parents and siblings of suicide victims and promoting feelings of self-worth.

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