Cross-ing the Finish Line

The Edinburgh Half Marathon took place on the 26th May 2024, and, first time runner, Iain Cross went the extra mile for Who Cares? Scotland.

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As a Supervising Social Worker for Room For You Fostering, a small organisation which is part of the Dean and Cauvin Young People’s Trust, Iain works alongside teenagers who are, or have been, in foster care. Through the young people he works with he found out about the work Who Cares? Scotland and realised its values aligned with his. 

When broaching the idea of taking part in the Edinburgh Half Marathon, Iain knew he wanted to support a charity which works for something he believes in, and chose us, Who Cares? Scotland, with an aim of raising £300.

On the day, the pouring rain didn’t dampen Iain’s spirits, but he was feeling pretty apprehensive about the race.  Soaked before he even crossed the start line, he ran alongside his fiancé Rona who was running for Macmillan Cancer Support and, together, they hit a good pace.  To keep up a good rhythm, Iain listened to his favourite album: Woman Worldwide by Justice, but with only 3 miles to go, his earphones died!  Luckily, the atmosphere and encouragement from the crowds kept his spirits alive until he reached the finish line.  After 13.1 miles of hard graft, dry clothes, a slice of pizza and a cold beer were gratefully received!

Once the race was over, donations kept rolling in…

“I’ve been absolutely blown away by the generosity of those who donated and helped my completely smash my £300 target. A few donations came in after the race and I’ve now raised £500 for Who Cares? Scotland. I hope that it’ll make a difference in continuing to support care experienced people in Scotland.”

Thank you, and congratulations Iain!

It’s the work of our dedicated fundraisers allow us to continue our work in supporting and connecting Care Experienced people across Scotland.  

If you’re interested in taking part in a charity event and would like to fundraise for Who Cares? Scotland, please contact