NewsPoppyscotland gears up for £60,000 fundraising boost MILITARY CHARITIES CALL ON COUNTRY TO SAY ‘THANK YOU’ TO WW1 GENERATION
A teenager from Glasgow has set off to the Alps where she will climb three mountains to raise money for Poppyscotland. Caitlin Connor, 15, has chosen to support the leading Armed Forces charity because of her family’s strong connections to the military. Both of her parents have served in the Army, and – along with younger brother Scott – Caitlin is a member of the Glasgow and Lanarkshire Army Cadet Force.
What’s more, the family are members of Legion Scotland and support both the Legion and Poppyscotland whenever they can. Caitlin also has two cousins who are currently serving; one with 2 SCOTS and the other in the process of leaving 4 SCOTS. Her fundraising quest is part of The 1918 Poppy Pledge, which is a year-long challenge that sees supporters of Poppyscotland raising £1,918 – a figure that relates to the 100-year anniversary in 2018 of the signing of the Armistice that led to the end of the First World War.
Caitlin, who lives in Cambuslang has been climbing for four years, said: “I love to climb. I love being out on the mountains, meeting new people and learning new skills. Climbing allows me challenge myself in some pretty stunning locations and I want to use these experiences to help fundraise for charities like Poppyscotland because they are extremely important to me and my family.”
Caitlin, who left Scotland on Sunday to head to the Alps, is the current Scottish Speed Climbing Champion Youth B; the British Dry-tooling Champion Senior Female; is ranked fifth in the World Under-16 Ice Climbing; and is seventh in the World Under-16 Speed Ice Climbing rankings. She is a member of the Scottish and Great Britain climbing teams.
Caitlin, who hopes to compete at the 2022 Winter Olympics if Ice Climbing is incorporated into the Games, added: “I’m looking forward to this year’s Dry-tooling season and the World Championships in Oulu, Finland, at the end of February next year. But, first up, I’ve got my first-ever experience of Alpine climbing and I am very much looking forward to the adventure.”
Caitlin’s dad, Mick, added: “Caitlin’s climbing partner phoned yesterday morning to reveal that they were already on the summit! They had left early and both felt strong, so decided to just go for it. Caitlin spoke to her Mum and said she was ‘a bit tired’, but that the ‘view was amazing’. We are overjoyed at the successful attempt and very proud of Caitlin. We also found out that they had to administer first aid to another party who had got into trouble. They stayed with them until mountain rescue helicopter arrived.”
Gordon Michie, the Head of Fundraising at Poppyscotland, said: “Caitlin’s climbing exploits for Poppyscotland are nothing short of remarkable and we are in awe of the brave fundraising quest she is undertaking as part of The 1918 Poppy Pledge.
“Since we launched The Pledge on Remembrance Weekend last year, we’ve had around 150 Pledgers sign up, which would result in almost £300,000 being raised. The Pledge can take any fundraising form the participants see fit and it is a lasting tribute to those who fell in the First World War. Importantly, though, it will also allow Poppyscotland to make a step change in the scale of support it is able to provide those in the Armed Forces community who rely on the charity’s support today.”
To support Caitlin’s fundraising quest, please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/caitlin-connor.