Posted on May 9, 2023

THE Wilkie family enjoyed a five-star welcome to BT Murrayfield Stadium at the weekend. 

The Scottish Rugby Union rolled out the red carpet as a 14-strong team of cyclists embarked on the latest leg of the “Carry the Gene” relay from John O’Groats to the border with England. 

The Kilmac team have been backing the event every step of the way, with many of our staff taking part in different stages.

With the final leg of the challenge lined up for this weekend, with a 45-mile walk from Melrose, fundraising for the Bardet-Biedl Syndrome UK charity has already topped the £30,000 mark. 

Despite being diagnosed with the little-known genetic condition which impacts her sight and weight, Caitlin, and her sister Naimh (5), are both keen members of Forfar-based Strathmore Rugby Club and play for the Strathie Sharks. 

Our construction director Liam and Thrums veterinary associate director Ashley regularly cheer on Scotland from the stands. 

They have been thrilled with the support from the rugby community for the relay fundraiser and are counting down to 12th and final leg. 

Liam said Cailtin and Naimh love their rugby and the Strathmore club has thrown their weight behind the fundraiser. 

Former Scotland captain John Barclay and fellow international Ben Cairns have also been very supportive. 

“The girls were thrilled with the welcome to BT Murrayfield and the SRU have invited them back for the summer friendlies in the build-up to the World Cup. They are already hugely excited,” said Liam. 

“The girls love their rugby and Strathmore are very inclusive. The coaches and players make Caitlin very welcome. 

“The club, along with friends and business contacts, have been hugely supportive and we can’t believe that we have raised more than £32,000 on JustGiving in advance of the final leg this weekend. It is incredible.” 

Caitlin and Niamh proudly sport their Strathie Sharks shirts at BT Murrayfield as they cheer on cyclists before the latest leg of the “Carry the Gene” relay raising money and awareness for Bardet-Biedl Syndrome UK 

© 2022 Kilmac Limited
Web design by Internet Creation