20 October 2015
Jamie Murray wearing Macmillan tartan kilt
Scottish tennis player Jamie Murray took time out of practice ahead of the Davis Cup semi-final tie against Australia to launch a new tartan for a leading cancer charity. Britain’s No 1 doubles player swapped his shorts for a kilt at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow where he will hopefully be in doubles action on Saturday.
The bespoke kilt was designed by Kinloch Anderson for Macmillan Cancer Support in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the charity’s fundraising event, the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. Based on a Macmillan hunting tartan in homage to the charity’s founder Douglas Macmillan, it features the organisation’s distinctive brand colours of dark, mid and light green.
The kilt will be auctioned to raise funds for Macmillan’s services, including specialist nurses, financial help for cancer patients and a telephone support line.
Modelling the made-to-measure kilt yesterday, Jamie said: 'I am honoured to be chosen to launch this new tartan for Macmillan Cancer Support because there are very few people who haven’t been affected by cancer in some way. I’m also very happy to help Macmillan promote its World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. My granny holds a coffee morning every year and I hope the charity raises the money it needs to help people with cancer and their families.'
The tartan has been officially registered by Kinloch Anderson, tailors and kiltmakers to the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales.
The company also supplied the kilt outfits for both Jamie and his brother Andy’s weddings.
Claire Kinloch Anderson from Kinloch Anderson said: 'We were delighted to design a tartan for Macmillan Cancer Support and are so proud that Jamie Murray is wearing the kilt as an ambassador for them and all the amazing work they do.'
When he set up his charity more than 100 years ago, Douglas Macmillan wanted advice and information to be provided to all people with cancer, homes for patients at low or no cost, and voluntary nurses to attend to patients in their own homes.
Today much of his legacy lives on with the charity acting as a source of support for people living with cancer and a force for improving cancer care.
However, with nearly one in two people projected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes, the need for Macmillan’s work is set to increase dramatically.
Macmillan’s Area Fundraising Manager Jan Forrest said: 'We are really grateful to Jamie Murray for taking time out of his busy training schedule to help us launch this new tartan and to Kinloch Anderson for designing it for us. Macmillan relies almost entirely on voluntary donations and fundraising for income and the money raised from auctions such as this will become ever more important.'
More details about the tartan can be found here: https://www.tartanregister.gov.uk/tartanDetails.aspx?ref=1136