Six Sailors Aim to Walk West Highland Way in Six Days For Erskine Veterans

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The crew from HM Naval Base Clyde who will walk the West Highland Way.

By Democrat reporter

Six serving sailors were so inspired by a visit to The Erskine Home in December they are walking the West Highland Way to support the Veterans’ charity.

The crew from HM Naval Base Clyde all work in the Waterfront Logistics Support Group (WLSG) within the catering services section.

They decided to take on the challenge as an office team building exercise but after visiting Erskine’s biggest care home in Bishopton just before Christmas,  Petty Officer Andrew Rome suggested using the walk to raise money and awareness for the charity.

The West Highland Way is Scotland’s premier long distance footpath running from Milngavie north of Glasgow to Fort William in the Scottish Highlands, with an element of hill walking in the route.

 It is a 155km (96mile) long trail which can take between five and eight days to complete.

West Highland Way 2Walking the route will be Warrant Officer Class 1 Kevin Shenton (from Stranraer); Chief Petty Officers Simon Scott (from Kent) and Colin Groves (from Leicester); Petty Officer Gareth Butler (from Stockport) and Leading Hands James Brady (from Doncaster) and David Muir (from Glasgow).

Petty Officer Andrew Rome (from Glasgow)  is no longer able to take part in the walk, but he will be very much involved with the organisation.

The team are undertaking their own individual training plans after work and last week took on the first team walk from Milngavie to Drymen.  They also plan to climb Ben Nevis.  They begin their West Highland Way walk on Monday 4th May and hope to have completed the route by Saturday 9th May. 

Leading Hand David Muir said: “Having recently visited The Erskine Home I was impressed by the level of care the staff provide for our Veterans.

“It really is second to none. I am predominantly taking part in the walk to raise as much money and awareness as possible of the wonderful care that Erskine provides for our Veterans.”

Erskine Community Fundraiser for the West, Jim Watret, said: “The support Erskine has received from HMNB Clyde over the last 24 months has been fantastic and this latest fundraising effort by the Waterfront Logistics Support Group continues that bond of friendship that exists between the current Royal Navy personnel and our Veterans.”

To donate to WLSG Catering Services West Highland Way Challenge click here:  https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=Erksine-WHW&pageUrl=2

Since 1916 the Veterans’ charity has cared for 100,000 ex-service persMeanwhile,  Erskine fundraisers could be knocking on your door soon.  Over the next few weeks Erskine fundraisers will be visiting many locations within the Glasgow area including: Garelochhead, Rosneath, Helensburgh, Rothesay, Glasgow City Centre, Dumbarton, Clydebank, Partick, Knightswood, Drumchapel, Pollokshaws, Mansewood, Newlands, Rutherglen, Cardonald, Crookston and Ballieston.  Local authorities have been advised accordingly.  onnel thanks to the ongoing kindness of supporters.  During 2020, we are actively looking for new supporters, to help fund the vital sum of around £10million needed to continue providing the high standards of care synonymous with the name Erskine. 

Our fundraisers, highly trained by Erskine staff and acquainted with our Veterans, are uniquely placed to narrate first-hand the difference even the smallest of donations makes to the charity’s Veterans and spouses across our four care homes.

Erskine fundraisers are easily recognisable by their Erskine ID badges and purple branded clothing, in the winter months you may see fundraisers up until 8:30pm, helping to raise awareness of our excellent care and to encourage support of Erskine. We will never ask for a donation by cash, cheque or debit/credit card at the door.  The method of donation is by Direct Debit, which we consider to be a safe and convenient method of giving for both parties involved.

It is very important you have a positive experience with our fundraisers whether you choose to support Erskine or not, your feedback is not only valuable but appreciated. Contact us at fundraising@erskine.org.uk or call 0141 814 4657.  To find out more about Erskine’s work you can log onto our website at http://www.erskine.org.uk, follow on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/ProudtoCare or via twitter@Erskine1916

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