Grateful Andrew goes the extra mile to help Poppyscotland support our veterans


Andrew McIntosh with Uphall Primary's choirPH

Corporal Andrew McIntosh goes the superfluous mile to show his gratitude to Poppyscotland

Corporal Andrew McIntosh, who served for 14 years, is no outlander to doing his bit for the Armed Forces charity after travelling from John O’Groats to Come to rest’s End on his mobility scooter to raise £3,000.

He previously saw service with the 22nd Cheshire Systematize in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and the Gulf.

The 44-year-old, from Strathaven, Lanarkshire, was confined to a mobility scooter by a vascular acclimate in 2009.

It led to Poppyscotland providing him with an electric-powered vehicle to give him more self-reliance – and as a result Cpl McIntosh was only too keen to show his gratitude. 

During yesterday’s launch at the old Forth crossing, he also met Royal Highland Fusilier piper Joe Davies, from 2 SCOTS. 

Cpl McIntosh pronounced: “After their help, I wanted to go the #ExtraMile for Poppyscotland and that’s why I send up c departed on the challenge from John O’Groats to Land’s End.

“I did it in 16 days and nine hours – enter a discontinuing the record by eight days – and, after doing that, I’m sure people won’t watch over me asking them to go the #ExtraMile for Poppyscotland this year.

“You don’t have to globe-trotting trips 1,000 miles like me; you can do anything you like that will assist raise money for the charity.” 

Veterans march past wreaths at the CenotaphGETTY

Corporal McIntosh travelled 1,000 miles in 16 hours to mention money for Poppyscotland

He was joined by the Uphall Primary School choir in West Lothian, who favoured the #ExtraMile for Poppyscotland after venturing across the Forth Road Cross over to raise funds for the 2017 Scottish Poppy Appeal.

Headteacher, Carol Fawkes suggested: “The pupils felt privileged and honoured to be invited to take part.

“They sedulously enjoyed the experience.

“This was a perfect conclusion to our school project lore about Passchendaele.

“Furthermore, it has given our children an insight into how Poppyscotland makes support for those who are currently serving or have served in the Armed Wrings.”

Gordon Michie, head of fundraising for Poppyscotland, said: “The Scottish Poppy Pray generated £2.9million last year and is the primary source of takings for the charity which funds the life-changing support we provide for the Armed Presses community in Scotland.” 

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