Scottish Veteran to take on "ultimate inflatable challenge" for SSAFA
This weekend, two 71 year old’s are going on a ‘wee trip around Forfar Loch’ in an inflatable kayak to raise money for SSAFA Dundee and Angus!
This weekend, a local army veteran, his grandfather and a friend will be taking on the ultimate inflatable challenge. Former Gunner Andy Tait, aged 71 and his friend Andy Brechin, also 71 are taking "a wee trip around Forfar Loch". Together, they plan on raising £500 for SSAFA's Dundee and Angus Branch, after they secured funding for an electric wheelchair for Alan’s wife, Kitty, a former nurse, who was diagnosed with progressive MS, 12 years ago.
Speaking of the challenge, Alan said:
“Andy got this double inflatable kayak for his birthday and suggested taking it out on the loch, so I said let’s get some sponsorship for SSAFA - and that’s how it all came about! It’s just our way of saying thank you very much for the help.
“We’ve not practised – we’re both old codgers! It’s a one-off so we’ll just go for it, see what happens and hope to get as far round as we can on the day without getting wet! Although, I think this will be my last charity challenge – I’ll stick to playing dominoes after this!”
David Black, Regional Fundraising Manager for SSAFA in Scotland, said:
“This event is one of a kind – and one of the most interesting challenges I’ve seen to date! We’re incredibly grateful for Alan and Andy supporting our work at SSAFA Dundee and Angus and wish them lots of luck – whilst it may be fun, it certainly doesn’t sound easy!”
The event is planning to go ahead on Sunday at 2pm so keep an eye out for any exciting updates!
To find out how you can support Alan and Andy in their inspiring fundraising journey - visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/alan-tait4
Scottish veteran takes on ultimate inflatable challenge for SSAFA
A local Army veteran and Grandfather teamed up with a friend to take on the ultimate inflatable challenge to raise money for SSAFA
On Sunday 30 September, local Army veteran Alan Tait (aged 71) and his friend Andy Brechin (also aged 71) took on a fantastic fundraising challenge for SSAFA, completing a "wee trip around Forfar Loch" in nothing but an inflatable kayak.
Together, they are hoping to raise £500 for SSAFA Dundee and Angus after the local branch of the Armed Forces charity secured funding for an electric wheelchair for Alan’s wife Kitty, a former nurse who was diagnosed with progressive Multiple Sclerosis twelve years ago. So far, the determined pair have been able to raise £270; a noble effort, of course, but they are keen to emphasise that any further donations would be more than appreciated! You can read their story and donate on their JustGiving page here.
We are extremely proud of Alan and the team for all their efforts and we would like to thank everybody who attended and supported the fundraising event. It just goes to show: you don’t need unlimited funds and whole team of professionals to plan and execute a brilliant event - you only need good intentions, spirit and an inflatable boat! Find out how you can host your own fundraising event here: https://www.ssafa.org.uk/fundraise.