A FORMER squaddie is urging fellow runners to take part in the Men’s Health Forum Scotland 10k in aid of the country’s veterans.
Michael Wood, who served for 13 years in the Royal Signals, is hoping lots of Buddies will don their running shoes to raise vital funds at this year’s event, which takes place on Sunday, June 17, at Bellahouston Park in Glasgow.
But time is running out to secure your place for the challenge, which is regarded as one of the country’s top running events.
Michael, who works for Hewlett-Packard in Erskine, has already joined Team Erskine and signed up for the Baxter’s Loch Ness Marathon.
He is now encouraging fellow supporters to follow in his footsteps and join the MHFS Men’s 10k.
Michael has been motivated to help Erskine because of his military connections and also because he has seen at first-hand the standard of care provided by the veterans’ charity.
Michael, from East Renfrewshire, said: “First and foremost, I’m running for Team Erskine because of my connections to the forces.
“I first got the inspiration as a Territorial Army instructor when we raised money for Erskine and visited the main home in Bishopton.
“We got to see the care the veterans receive at close quarters and it was fantastic to be in such a peaceful haven for ex-service personnel. It’s a great charity and I’m proud to support them, especially as they are Scottish.
“I’d encourage anyone who is up for a challenge to join Team Erskine today.”
Erskine cares for more than 1,300 veterans each year and must raise £144,000 a week to continue to run its five homes across Scotland.
Alan Moss, Erskine fundraiser, added: “Help us be there for veterans when they need us most. We can only continue with the support of people like Michael.
“You too can make a really positive difference by taking on the MHFS Men’s 10k challenge!”
For a free pack call 0141 814 4555, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.erskine.org.uk