Thank you for your support during this Centenary year.
It is a great honour, having served with the Royal Marines, to be writing the introduction to your newsletter in this Centenary of the Armistice, which led to the end of the First World War.
This edition reflects upon the efforts of our Armed Forces and volunteers back then and today. These tales of soldiers and civilians who were prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice to protect us fill me with awe, pride and gratitude. We must never forget them.
Whilst we thank those that served in the First World War, it’s equally important that we remember the brave ex-Servicemen and ex-Servicewomen who still need our support today. Sadly, all too often, the real battle for these brave men and women begins after they leave the Forces.
Thankfully, through the generosity of supporters like you, we are able to help them in their hour of need with a wide range of essential services such as housing, tailored support and funding, mental health, respite, employment and mobility.
As I’m sure you can imagine, the need for these services never diminishes, which is why I hope that in this Centenary year you might consider saying thank you for their sacrifices with a gift of £19.18 to help us continue to be there for ex-Servicemen and ex-Servicewomen living across Scotland today.
I hope you enjoy reading this special Centenary edition as much as I have.
Colonel (Retd), Late Royal Marines
Chief Executive, Poppyscotland