A POPULAR war veterans’ charity has been presented with a cheque from Scotland’s farming union.
NFU Scotland’s president, Nigel Miller was delighted to hand over a cheque for £2,750 to John Fyfe, area co-ordinator of the Erskine charity.
Erskine is Scotland’s foremost care organisation for ex-servicemen and women and has been looking after our veterans for nearly a century.
The money was raised by NFU Scotland and NFU Mutual as part of a recruitment drive which took place on November 11.
Around 30 teams of NFU Scotland staff, members and office bearers recruited 109 members, with the union and NFU Mutual promising to contribute a total of £25 for each farmer that signed up for membership.
Nigel Miller said: “Scotland’s farming and rural communities have long been intertwined with the war effort, with the Women’s Land Army and Timber Corps becoming firmly embedded during the World War Two.
“The importance of feeding our troops and keeping domestic food supplies secure became increasingly clear as people endured exceptional circumstances and the nation’s borders and waters were under attack.
“The two great wars of the 20th century defined much of the activity that NFU Scotland is involved with to this day: the establishment of a Europe-wide policy, the CAP that would drive a secure supply of food for all EU citizens and greatly modernised production to achieve this are the two great characteristics of Scottish and European farming today.
“Erskine House provides an incredible service for the men and women who fought in those two world-changing wars and who have fought on our nation and other nations’ behalf since.
“The great characteristic of the most recent conflicts we have been involved in is that they have taken place in countries far away from our shores and we often have little idea of what our servicemen and women have experienced.”
He continued: “Erskine’s extraordinary work is as relevant as it ever was and I know that Scotland’s farmers’ and crofters’ appreciation of the work that the charity does is embodied in the donation we have made today.”