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Blue Flash challenge
by Ellie Forbes
FORCES veterans raised more than £10,000 during a series of gruelling challenges in the Highlands.
Organised by veterans of the 4 Royal Tank Regiment, the money raised will be used to support the work done by Scotty’s Little Soldiers, a national charity dedicated to helping the children of serving members of HM Armed Forces who have lost their lives during recent conflicts.
The events which took place at the end of June included sponsored 96km march across the Monadh Liath mountains from Roy Bridge to Inverness in under 24 hours. Those undertaking the march are all veterans of the 4 th Royal Tank Regiment, all over the age of 50.
Roger Fisher, chair of the Blue Flash Challenge planning group said: ‘One outcome of this event has been a promotion of health and well-being in the community, and enhanced social engagement at all levels.
‘This is not just a military event. The success of Blue Flash Challenge must be attributed to the collective efforts of many individuals, service organisations, community networks and local businesses. One example of that support is the community of Foyers and Stratherrick.
‘I applaud the generosity of each and every member of the public who have supported our efforts to acknowledge our debt to the children of our fallen and in doing so, have helped us exceed our fundraising target of £10,000.’