Walk the Royal Mile with Matty


Numbers are going up and up as the big day gets closer… If you want a place you must register at the link in info above within the next few days.
GATHERING POINT is the top of Johnston Terrace. There will be people there with a Road To Change high vis on with a clip board and wrist bands for you all.
So please arrive no later than 10am at Johnston Terrace in warm clothes and flat shoes.

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Road to Change is returning to Scotland and on Saturday 7th February 2015, Matthew (awarded top Scot 2014) will complete his epic 10,000 mile walk through Europe in Scotland’s capital city Edinburgh.

Matty, a survivor of child sexual abuse himself, embarked on this mammoth task on 31st May 2013, putting his television career on hold, to visit 29 countries on foot raising awareness that every fifth child is sexually abused and ask every European Government to upload the rights of their children.

On the ’Road to Change’, Matthew has been invited to speak at the United Nations, received a personal audience with Pope Francis and was joined for a walk by Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland. Matty has now been awarded the prestigious title ’Top Scot 2014’ at the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards for most inspirational Scots, voted for by the people of Scotland.

Let’s all now stand up for our rights of our children and walk the last mile of his amazing journey with Matty. Which mile? Scotland’s most famous mile of course. Gather on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle and walk together down the Royal Mile to The Scottish Parliament at Hollyrood.

Attending the event is FREE but to gauge numbers Edinburgh Police have asked us register those coming along. Simply fill in your details below and the number of people in your party, then on the morning of the walk collect your official Road to Change wristbands for your group.

We will gather from 10 am including all the bands on Esplanade at Edinburgh Castle and set off at 11 am sharp.

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35 thoughts on “Walk the Royal Mile with Matty

  1. We’ll be there to cheer you on doll! What an amazing achievement. I’ve been following your progress and I am so in awe of what you have managed to achieve on the road to change. You are a true hero! Lots of love xxx

  2. Matthew, I will be most honoured to walk the last mile with you. You have been such an inspiration and I am proud to call you my friend. X

  3. Dearest Matthew,

    It will be an honour to walk the last mile with you. I will walk with my five cousins who were sexually abused by their dad.

    Come home safe.

    Ann Marie

  4. Matty, you are an inspiration and an example to all. It will be an honour to join you for the final mile of your extraordinary, life changing walk! X

  5. We will be there with bells on Matty!!! I’ve registered for 6 people, my mum and dad, Dougie, Ruby Rose, Archie & myself. (The Fallens’ & The Neil’s will be there too) Honoured to walk the last mile with you. It’s going to be an emotional day but would not miss it for the world. Can’t wait, looking forward to it!


  6. Amazing achievement so far and wow what an honor it will be to go that last mile with you, I bring some of the warmth and spirit you will feel on your return home … The Pride of Scotland, well done Matthew x

  7. Hi Matty!

    I am so very proud to know you and to call you me friend. We, fellow warriors, we are recreating our world to the world we wished we had grown up in. A world free from sexual abuse. What a beautiful time to be alive. Together we can prevent the sexual abuse of our children.

  8. as a gay man and someone that was abused as a child I want to thank you for your strength in speaking out about what happened to yourself. My abuser took his own life but the fear lives on in me to this day and I have never told anybody about it. Good look with the rest of your walk.

  9. Nothing can keep me away from Edinburgh on Feb 7th to welcome home the most amazingly and awesome Scottish hero and legend – Matty McVarish !! It will be an honour and privilege to walk the last mile with him xx

  10. Give me the time and place and I’ll be there with as many as I can to support a very inspiring person. Good luck for that day. Hope the sun shines on you

    1. Hi Craig, thanks for pointing this out, We will gather from 10 am including all the bands on Esplanade at Edinburgh Castle and set off at 11am sharp.

  11. my family will be honored to walk the last mile God willing hope I can manage a mile ,think the adrenaline pumping will help last time we done sponsored walk for you I done the kids walk that’s pathetic when I think how many miles you have done,the true spirit of Scotland x

  12. Matthew you are AMAZING!! Congratulations on your epic journey and fantastic charity. It will be an honour to walk with you! Xx

  13. I was there in London for your first mile, followed your journey from the start and wouldn’t miss this day for the world! Your changing the world day by day and it’s extremely wow! Bring on the 7th!! Xxx

  14. On behalf of everyone here at Speak Out Scotland we would just like to thank you for everything you have done to highlight and make people aware of the magnitude of childhood sexual abuse while giving survivors and their families the strength and courage to break the silence. You truly are an amazing, brave, inspiration to us all, for us It was and honour and a joy to walk beside you on your last mile.

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