It was that time of year again for the Royal Edinburgh Tattoo and Ewan, one of our BoB’s managed to secure 10 tickets from the ticket office for the full dress rehearsal on the 4th August.
This is the evening where many charities are invited to attend this wonderful eclectic military event and those that did attend were not disappointed! BoS Catherine stated “I was standing beside a wee girl (about 5 years old) who was in tears in the queue as her daddy was in the show and she hadn’t seen him in a month! So emotional and the whole evening was absolutely awesome! I took my friend and she also wore one of our H4H hoodies.” Scott Garthley, Phil and Alex, all BoB & BoS, were also lucky enough to get tickets.
The first West of Scotland Roadshow was a real success. Ailsa, Regional Manager of Scotland & NI Income, and Yvonne Beattie, Volunteer Manager, started on the West of Scotland pilgrimage in Fort William, onto Oban and headed into Helensburgh where I was able to join them. Over the 3 days they signed up 28 new volunteers and raised over £1000 through merchandise sales. This will definitely be continued and next year there will be many more roadshows around different areas of Scotland.
The Bi annual Clan Gathering (Regional Volunteer Meeting – Scotland) took place near Aboyne in Aberdeen on the 13th August. It was a stunning summer’s day and Horseback UK kindly let us use their facilities and accommodation for this very important event. 20 H4H volunteers and staff attended.
Mark Elliott (Head of External Operations) gave a very interesting presentation with discussion about H4H in Scotland including Q&A at the end. Ailsa, Yvonne and I talked about fundraising, BoB/BoS and how to volunteer. Dave Rhoney from Battleback talked about Sports Recovery, Diane McLeish talked about her South African Challenge and Jock and Emma from Horseback UK gave a wonderful insight into what they actually do on the courses with our veterans as well as a fantastic practical demonstration with a few of the horses. I would highly recommend applying for one of their 5 day courses.
Last but definitely not least a feel good story to end with.
A wonderful gentleman who is an ex Grenadier Guard gave all BoB/BoS a wonderful present. Very sadly his wife died and as the military has always been close to his heart he decided to buy the plot of land next to his house and build another house on it, making the ground floor wheelchair accessible. After visiting him this month and having a recce, he has very kindly offered all H4H BoB/BoS (especially the Scottish contingent of BoB/BoS) the use of his house for respite. The house has fantastic views of Jura and Islay and is 9 miles from Campbeltown.
What's Coming Up?
- Mobility Day in Glasgow on Tuesday 6th September
- Wheelchair Curling Taster Session in Stirling on Wednesday 28th September
- Bowhunter Archery Family Day in Nairn on Sunday 2nd October
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