Trio walk West Highland Way 100 in aid of Erskine

At the Edinburgh care home of the Veterans’ charity Erskine, three intrepid fundraisers accepted the good wishes of everyone for their upcoming challenge.

Aptly named by the trio; “The West Highland Way 100” is in aid of ex-service personnel and their spouses cared for, by the charity, in four care homes across Scotland.

On Saturday, August 7, Stephen Dunn (46), Dillon Thomson (18) and Michael Downey (18) will begin their very original and exceptionally daunting adventure.

A loaded march of 100 miles following the route of the famous West Highland Way, ascending a total of 15,000 feet, whilst carrying 35lb in weight.

Finishing, a punishing, 30 hours later in Fort William, the team will have been pushed not only physically but mentally too.

They are, however steadfast in their determination to succeed. Their loyalty to those who have served being at the heart of everything they have trained for the past few months.

All three have strong connections to the Armed Forces. Michael is serving with 2 Paras, student Dillon has aspirations of joining the Armed Services on graduating and is under the watchful eye of the Training Wing staff at 4 Para (Reserves) in Glasgow.

And, long-time Erskine supporter Stephen, as well as serving in the TA, has witnessed the exceptionally high standard of care given to his Uncle by devoted and professional staff in the charity’s Anniesland home.

Dillon said: “Our fundraising attempt is our way of contributing to this crucial work”

Michael said: “As a serving soldier the importance of Erskine can’t be understated; it could easily be me, needing that support one day.

Stephen added: “We’re proud to support those who care”

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