Tartan Army fan to march 1,000 miles from Scotland to Euros 2024 in his kilt

A Scots fan is walking 1,000 miles from Hampden to Munich to raise money and awareness for men’s mental health.

Craig Ferguson, 20, will walk from Scotland’s national football stadium to the Euro 2024 tournament. He will set off at 10am on Saturday and will walk for 37 days. The tournament kicks off with a match between Germany and Scotland on June 14 – and he hopes to make it there in time to watch the clash.

All the money Craig, from Paisley, raises will go towards Brothers in Arms, a Scottish men’s mental health charity. He initially intended to raise £10,000 but having already beaten that target, he now hopes to hit £50,000 by the time he reaches Germany.

The first leg of his challenge will see him walk from Glasgow to Hull, East Yorkshire, which he hopes to complete in 12 days. He will then take the ferry to Rotterdam in Holland, and cross six countries before reaching Germany.

While walking, he will wear a specially crafted, ultra-light sports kilt in a Euros tartan by Scottish kilt-makers Slanj. The flags of Scotland’s group A opponents, Germany, Switzerland and Hungary are all featured in the kilt’s design, while a dark blue backdrop represents the colour of the Scottish strip.

Craig is raising money towards Brothers in Arms
Craig is raising money towards Brothers in Arms
(Image: Brothers In Arms/PA Wire)

Supporters can follow his journey through an online tracker, updated daily using his GPS location.

Ahead of his journey, he said: “In the same way that football unites men, I hope to unite people and communities throughout my journey across Europe on a crucial aspect of wellbeing – men’s mental health.

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“I am so excited to get going and can’t wait to fly the flag for Scotland on this special journey. When the going gets tough, I’ll remind myself why I’m doing it and think of the 12 men that take their own lives every single day in the UK.

“It really is a gift to be fit and healthy, and to have the opportunity to do something that I love – to explore new corners of the world and to test my fitness. Thanks to everyone who has supported me thus far, I really do appreciate it.”

Craig hopes to hit a target of £50,000
Craig hopes to hit a target of £50,000
(Image: Brothers In Arms/PA Wire)

The money raised for Brothers in Arms will go towards the development of a digital “talking and listening” tool named Blethr that aims to lower the male suicide rate in Scotland.

Brothers in Arms founder Dan Proverbs thanked Craig for his support, and said “promoting men’s mental health awareness is a global issue” that is “severely underfunded”.

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He added: “We are incredibly proud of Craig. He is a shining example of what can be achieved when you set your mind to it, and we are so grateful that he has chosen to complete this epic challenge for Brothers in Arms.”

Supporters can follow Craig’s journey by clicking here. Donations can be made by clicking here.

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