After SSAFA helped Scott and his family with the additional needs of his daughter, he is giving back to SSAFA by walking the West Highland Way
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Scott, from Greenock near Glasgow, is walking the West Highland Way (98 miles) in five days to raise money for SSAFA and here explains his reasons for choosing SSAFA as his charity.
My daughter has cerebral palsy and we have to do everything for her. When she was young we struggled to get the equipment we needed and one day I remembered the talks we used to have in the Army about what SSAFA does and how they could help. I looked through an old Soldier magazine until I found some details and got in touch with SSAFA.
Tracey was only four or five at the time so it was about 20 years ago. Someone from SSAFA came out and they arranged for her to get an inclining bed. She has to sleep slightly elevated and we struggled to get the local authority to give us one. The red tape was horrendous.
SSAFA sorted it out for us and then they came back to see how we were and if we needed anything else. I asked if it would be possible to pay for my wife to have driving lessons so she would be able to take Tracey back and forth to all her appointments. SSAFA were brilliant.
It’s been a long while since we have had to ask for assistance but it’s only now that I’m in a position to do this walk. My children are older now so they will be able to help my wife look after Tracey while I’m away. Two friends are going to come along with me. I’m really looking forward to it – we’re just hoping the weather is going to be on our side!
To support Scott, you can donate and check out his Just Giving page here.