MSPs head for hill­top to raise Poppy Ap­peal cash

Perthshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Rob­bie Chalmers

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.”


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