MSPs head for hilltop to raise Poppy Appeal cash
Liz Smith, Alexander Stewart and Luke Graham, on Craighorn in the Ochil Hills Mid Scotland and Fife MSPs Liz Smith and Alexander Stewart and Ochil and South Perthshire MP Luke Graham raised £1918 for the Poppy Scotland 1918 Pledge.
The three ascended the Craighorn in the Ochil Hills, which was selected because its height is close to 1918 feet.
The politicians will present their donation to Poppy Scotland later this month at Madderty Village Hall where the Provost of Angus, Ronnie Proctor, will give an illustrated talk about the Black Watch participation in the Great War.
Liz Smith said:“When we heard about the Poppy Scotland 1918 Pledge we decided to make a personal contribution as elected parliamentarians and so chose Craighorn for our climb.
“No family was left untouched by the Great War and this is just one small way of helping Poppy Scotland to commemorate all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and support their families.”
Luke Graham said:“The Great War touched so many in our constituency, as you can see on the memorials in our towns and villages. The climb was a chance to remember all those who have given their lives for our country and raise money for this exceptional cause.”
Alexander Stewart said:“It was a great privilege to climb Craighorn to help Liz Smith fulfil our collective pledge of raising £1918 for Poppyscotland, in recognition of the centenary of the signing of the Armistice. There was scarcely a single person unaffected by the Great War and it is only right that we pay tribute and remember not only the many who fought and died in this awful conflict but their families and loved ones.”