The Veterans’ charity Erskine has been chosen as charity of the year for the Police Scotland Mountain Rescue Team.
Every year, in memory of a late colleague the Police Scotland Team take on a gruelling challenge from which their chosen charity benefits and this year Erskine was that charity.
An arduous duathlon, The Arrochar Cross 2019, involved a half marathon through the mountains of Arrochar followed by a 20 mile mountain bike ride around the Ardgartan Peninsula. This epic event resulted in the magnificent donation of £4025 for Erskine Veterans, who are cared for within four homes in Bishopton, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
After careful planning and preparation, the team kitted out in Erskine t-shirts, set off from the head of Loch Long into Glen Loin to the Glen Loin Loop for a challenging nine mile uphill section. On reaching the halfway point much needed refreshments were provided by two ex-team members, Bob Cameron and Hugh McVey. Having completed the first part of the duathlon lunch was in order along with another team photo before the eye watering 20 mile cycle. Cycling through and over Lochgoilhead, Hell’s Glen, The Rest and Be Thankful and Glen Croe before reaching
the original start point at Ardgartan put the team’s training to the test but after a final head count and injury status the day was finally declared over and a huge success.
Serving police officer and Veteran as well organiser/competitor David Watson said: “In all we raised £4025.50 spread between Just Giving and sponsor sheets. This is our third highest total since we started this event and we’re mightily proud to donate to Erskine”.
Erskine Head of Fundraising and Communications Sara Bannerman said: “It is only with the wonderful dedication of supporters like the Police Scotland Mountain Rescue Team that we are able to provide such a high standard of care and support for nearly 1,000 Veterans every year. We cannot praise the team highly enough for taking on what is a daunting challenge for our Veterans and everyone at Erskine is very grateful”.
Police Scotland Mountain Rescue Team members who took part were Ross Blackburn, Andy Glover, Graeme Richmond, Dougie Booth, Colin Byrne, David Dooher, Mark Jackson, Stevie Fergus, Neil Cousins, Ian Baxter, John Stewart, Dave Watson, Rebecca Watson and Cameron Miller.