All geared up and raring to go – Warrant Officer Class 2 Geoff Dudman, Erskine Veteran Danny Mavor, Corporal Joe Simpson, Warrant Officer Class 2 Barry Liston. Picture by Jame Williamson
By Susan Hamilton
Veterans at the charity Erskine send the team participating in the “Jimmy’s Ride for Erskine” cycle challenge good luck wishes ahead of the September start date.
The event has been organised by Veteran Royal Scots Dragoon Guard, Brigadier Simon Allen in memory of his lifelong friend Jimmy Wilson, a no nonsense NCO, who in his later years, living with Parkinson’s disease, was cared for by Erskine.
Simon felt the care and attention lavished on Jimmy by Erskine should be recognised with an appeal and a fundraising event – “Jimmy’s Ride for Erskine”.
The core team of eight riders will start the challenge from the stately Inverness Castle on the morning of 7th September finishing on 12th September.
Throughout the 500-mile cycle, around the beautiful scenery of the North coast of Scotland, like minded fundraisers are invited to join the team on any part of the road over the five day challenge to help raise money for Erskine.
Simon said: “We owe Erskine a massive debt and we do this in memory of Jimmy and his fellow NCOs who made our Regiment what it is today – Second to None”.
Simon said: “We understand that not everyone is a cyclist, but you don’t need to get sweaty; you can support the team by donating to the cause”.
Erskine Head of Fundraising and Communications Sara Bannerman: “We are indebted to people like Simon and his team of cyclists for taking on challenges in aid of our Veterans.
“With support and help from people like the Jimmy’s Ride team we can continue the wonderful work done at Erskine of caring, protecting and bringing happiness to the country’s Veterans and their spouses when they need it most. A heartfelt thank you from everyone at Erskine”.
If you would like to support the “Jimmy’s Ride for Erskine” please visit the Everyday hero site which has been created for the event: https://give.everydayhero.com/uk/jimmy-s-riders-for-erskine/members