Two-wheel trib­ute to the war dead

Duo also aim to sup­port PTSD suf­fer­ers

Hamilton Advertiser - - ALL ABOUT LANARKSHIRE - Staff re­porter

Two for­mer soldiers have hit the road on a mercy mis­sion to save their com­rades.

Hamil­ton ex-squad­dies Calum Ma­cleod and Ja­son King trav­elled thou­sands of miles across Europe by mo­tor­bike to help trau­ma­tised troops – and hon­our the dead of both world wars.

Their pil­grim­age also raised aware­ness about post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der (PTSD) among modern vet­er­ans and emer­gency ser­vices staff.

For­mer King’s Own Scot­tish Borderer Sergeant Calum, who served in Iraq and North­ern Ire­land, said: “This was an epic road trip to re­mem­ber the fallen and sup­port the liv­ing.

“Ja­son and I are both vet­er­ans who have been heav­ily in­volved in set­ting up the char­ity Who Dares Cares. I have first hand ex­pe­ri­ence of PTSD and its im­pact on not only the per­son but their fam­ily and friends.

“PTSD is not a sign of weak­ness, it’s a re­sult of peo­ple bat­tling through ex­pe­ri­ences and places that oth­ers fear and shy away from. There is still a tremen­dous amount of ig­no­rance about the sub­ject.

“We are now ded­i­cated to rais­ing funds to help im­prove aware­ness and pro­vide sup­port to peo­ple from any walk of life with this chal­leng­ing con­di­tion.”

For­mer Record Our He­roes nom­i­nee Calum and Ja­son biked to Dunkirk, Ypres, Arn­hem, Ber­lin and the in­fa­mous Dachau con­cen­tra­tion camp dur­ing their mam­moth jour­ney. Their trek – start­ing at Ed­in­burgh Cas­tle – has been backed by vet­er­ans, serv­ing soldiers and Po­lice Scot­land.

Calum, who also a di­rec­tor of op­er­a­tions with Alba Mil­i­tary Fit­ness, based at Strath­clyde Coun­try Park, added: “We aim to en­sure that no one ever feels alone or has nowhere to turn for help.”

Go to www.to­tal­giv­ing.co.uk/ my­page/ride­ofre­mem­brance

Pic­tures by Tom Cham­bers Photography.

PTSD is not a sign of weak­ness, it’s a re­sult of­peo­ple­bat­tlingth­rough­ex­pe­ri­ence­sand places that oth­ers fear and shy away from

On their bikes Calum and Ja­son rais­ing aware­ness

Mercy mis­sion Ja­son and Calum trav­elled miles in their bikes across Europe

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