Choir star at poppy launch

Poppy ap­peal is launched

West Lothian Courier - - Front Page - Mar­jorie Kerr

Kids from Uphall pri­mary had the hon­our of help­ing launch this year’s 2017 scot­tish poppy ap­peal.

the school’s choir joined vet­eran and fundraiser Cor­po­ral an­drew McIn­tosh (44) at the event at the Forth Road Bridge.

Head teacher Carol Fawkes said:“the pupils of Uphall pri­mary school felt priv­i­leged and hon­oured to be in­vited to take part in the event .

“they thor­oughly en­joyed the ex­pe­ri­ence and the op­por­tu­nity of be­ing part of such an im­por­tant event which re­mem­bers and sup­ports the armed forces com­mu­nity liv­ing in scot­land.”

A vet­eran and Pop­pyscot­land ben­e­fi­ciary was joined by West Loth­ian school pupils to launch the 2017 Scot­tish Poppy Ap­peal.

Cor­po­ral An­drew McIn­tosh (44) who served for 14 years with the 22nd Cheshire Reg­i­ment and saw ser­vice in North­ern Ire­land, Bos­nia and The Gulf, is no stranger to do­ing his bit for the armed forces char­ity af­ter he trav­elled from John O’Groats to Land’s End on his mo­bil­ity scooter to raise £3000.

Andy, from Strathaven in South La­nark­shire, was con­fined to a mo­bil­ity scooter af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with a very rare and se­ri­ous vas­cu­lar con­di­tion in 2009. Pop­pyscot­land pro­vided him with an elec­tric-pow­ered ve­hi­cle to give him more in­de­pen­dence – and Andy was only too keen to show his grat­i­tude.

Andy, who also met with Royal High­land Fusilier piper Joe Davies, from 2 SCOTS, ex­plains: “Af­ter their help, I wanted to go the #Ex­traMile for Pop­pyscot­land and that’s why I took on the chal­lenge from John O’Groats to Land’s End. I did it in 16 days and nine hours – break­ing the record by eight days – and, af­ter do­ing that, I’m sure peo­ple won’t mind me ask­ing them to go the #Ex­traMile for Pop­pyscot­land this year. You don’t have to travel 1000 miles like me; you can do any­thing you like that will help raise money for the char­ity.”

Andy was joined by the Uphall Pri­mary School choir who went the #Ex­traMile for Pop­pyscot­land both lit­er­ally and metaphor­i­cally af­ter ven­tur­ing across the Forth Road Bridge to raise funds for the 2017 Scot­tish Poppy Ap­peal.

Head teacher Carol Fawkes said: “The pupils of Uphall Pri­mary School felt priv­i­leged and hon­oured to be in­vited to take part in the event to­day. They thor­oughly en­joyed the ex­pe­ri­ence and the op­por­tu­nity of be­ing part of such an im­por­tant event, which re­mem­bers and sup­ports the Armed Forces com­mu­nity liv­ing in Scot­land.

“This was a per­fect con­clu­sion to our whole school project learn­ing about Pass­chen­daele. Fur­ther­more, it has given our chil­dren an in­sight into how Pop­pyscot­land pro­vides sup­port for those who are cur­rently serv­ing or have served in the armed forces.”

Gor­don Michie, Pop­pyscot­land’s head of fundrais­ing, said: “Both Andy and the pupils of Uphall Pri­mary School are no strangers at go­ing the #Ex­traMile for Pop­pyscot­land. We know at the heart of the Poppy Ap­peal are our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, and the work this pri­mary school has un­der­taken re­cently in re­spect of Re­mem­brance epit­o­mises what the ap­peal is all about. I am de­lighted they have had the op­por­tu­nity to meet one of our he­roes in Andy who has not only served his coun­try with great pride and dis­tinc­tion, but con­tin­ues to sup­port us daily by go­ing that #Ex­traMile with his fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties. The Scot­tish Poppy Ap­peal gen­er­ated £2.9 mil­lion last year and is the pri­mary source of in­come for the char­ity which funds the life-chang­ing sup­port we pro­vide for the armed forces com­mu­nity in Scot­land.”

Spe­cial mo­ment Uphall Pri­mary pupils at the launch event

VIP Vet­eran, Cor­po­ral An­drew McIn­tosh joined kids from Uphall Pri­mary

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