Legion march for Forget-Me-Not

The walkers
The walkers

Members of the Banchory British Legion have strapped on their hiking boots and marched the West Highland Way for a Deeside charity.

Fourteen former servicemen and legion members raised over £8,000 for local dementia charity the Forget-me-not club, based in Banchory.

The members took on the gruelling 96 mile walk across Scotland, from Milngavie to Fort William, over a six day period.

The men from the legion were: Geoff Wilkinson, Ron McVey, Martyn Brett, Bill Burr, Eric Dair, Norman Garden, David Holmes, John McDonald, Derek Randal, George Rogerson, Allan Skene, Jim Smith, Jim Summers and Brian Thomson.

Jim Summers of the group told the Piper: “Some of the guys had done the walk before, one has even done it four times, so you could say they’re gluttons for punishment.

“On the last day we had horrific weather so some people were keen to finish. When all their aches and pains are gone they might think about (the walk) again!”

A spokesperson from Forget-me-not said: “This will be a fantastic help in the refurbishment of Bennett House, Forget Me Not Resource Centre on Arbeadie Road, Banchory. Work will start very soon and we look forward to welcoming those kind and thoughtful chaps to visit and to see what their efforts have produced for those affected by the life changing illness that is Dementia. We thank the walkers most sincerely for doing this for Forget Me Not”.