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New campaign asks people to raise as much money as possible in one hour for Scottish veterans charity

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21st April 2015 by Paul Cardwell 2 Comments

A new campaign to raise money for a Scottish veterans charity has been launched in Edinburgh.

The Royal British Legion Scotland is asking people to spend an hour of their time doing something to raise money for the cause.

It needs funds to develop its services which support veterans moving back to civilian life through its befriending, wellbeing and physical activities comradeship programme.

Give a Little for Veterans was launched by Scottish actor Bill Paterson, star of the TV series Dad’s Army, alongside Iraq veterans living with injuries and an ex Royal Artillery serviceman.

Those who plan to take part in the campaign are asked to take pictures and videos to tell how they will raise money in an hour using the hashtag #WeAreLegionHour.

Supporting the campaign is a chance for us all to show how much we value our veterans and to help them and their dependants to live normal and fulfilling lives

The Dad’s Army actor said: "Ex servicemen and women have devoted a part of their lives to protect and serve in the Royal Navy, Army, and Royal Air Force. Some have given their lives, and these men and women and their families deserve our help.

“Supporting the campaign is a chance for us all to show how much we value our veterans and to help them and their dependants to live normal and fulfilling lives. So I’d urge everyone to give a little and help us make a big difference.”

Mark Martin-Davey served in the Royal Dragoon Guards as a tank commander and gunnery instructor. The 40 year old served in Germany, Northern Ireland and Bosnia. After 20 years service he was medically discharged when he damaged a nerve in his lower spine.

Following surgery the veteran, from Glenrothes, was devestated that he couldn’t return to service. Since coming to Legion Scotland archery events he says he has something to look forward to. 

“What happened has shaped me for the rest of my life. What I want now is to feel worthwhile. I don’t want to just end up on the scrap heap.

"Coming out to the archery sessions gets me out of the house and it’s good to be able to talk to others who have been in my situation. Most of the veterans have injuries or health conditions caused by their service. It’s important to be able to talk to others about what you are going through."

Kevin Gray chief executive of Legion Scotland, said: “We want to give back, even just a little to make a big difference to the lives of those who gave up so much of theirs. 

“Our services from comradeship events like archery to volunteer befrienders, gives people a safe space and relaxed environment where they can talk with others who understand because they’ve been there. It also gives us a chance to work with veterans early and make sure they don’t become isolated.

“Giving a Little for Veterans will help us make sure no veteran is alone or struggling without support, and help veterans and their families lead fulfilling lives.”

To find out more about Legion Scotland comradeship events visit the Legion Scotland website legionscotland.org.uk. To sign up to take part in the Give a Little For Veterans fundraiser visit legionscotland.org.uk/support-us/operation-team-fundraiser-2015/.

22nd April 2015 by Charles Fleming

Any details as to where and when the next befriending course is,thanks

22nd April 2015 by Paul Cardwell

Hi Charles. Not too sure of when the next event is, I'm afraid. The best thing might be to do is to contact Legion Scotland on 0131 550 1583 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and ask if they can put you in touch with your local office.