Danny Pawson, a former RAF Regiment Gunner, is attempting to conquer Mont Blanc this month in a daring bid to raise funds for Erskine, Scotland’s largest Veterans charity.

From Glasgow, Danny, aged 42, joined the RAF at 17, and was mostly being based at RAF Lossiemouth with 51 Sqn. He served during the Iraq invasion in 2003 and completed multiple tours in Iraq and Kuwait. After five years of service and numerous operational tours, Danny transitioned to civilian life, but his commitment to supporting veterans has only grown stronger.

Danny will be part of a six-member team taking on the challenge of ascending Europe’s highest peak.

Danny said: “I’ve always thrived on challenges and adventure from my days in the military. Erskine has been a beacon of support for our veterans, and raising funds through this climb is my way of giving back to those who sacrificed so much for us. Seeing all the donations come in has been an incredible surprise and very overwhelming, knowing it all goes towards such a worthy cause.”

The climb is scheduled for the end of May, flying to Geneva to meet the team before tackling the Italian Grand Paradiso as a final preparatory climb before tackling Mont Blanc itself. Danny aims to raise significant funds, having nearly tripled his initial goal of £1,000, with all proceeds going directly to Erskine.

Danny added: “To climb Mont Blanc, the cost is almost £4,000 including flights, equipment and costs to the adventure company and mountain guides. I’ve paid this and I’m not looking to recoup a single penny – everything I raise will be going straight to Erskine. Some people might think it’s a bit crazy, but I just enjoy the challenge, testing my physical capabilities that I’ve always tried to keep up since being in the military”.

Wing Commander Ian Cumming MBE, Erskine chief executive, said: “Danny’s mission up Mont Blanc is not just a test of physical endurance but also a profound gesture of support to his fellow servicemen and women. His efforts and fundraising will significantly contribute to the care and support we provide at Erskine, aiding hundreds of veterans across Scotland.”

For more information on Danny’s journey or to contribute to the cause, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/page/daniel-pawson-1701239762379.

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