Willy’s Wander for veterans smashes target

Willy Munro makes it back to Ellenabeich Square after his 26 mile trek for veterans' charities.

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Fundraiser Willy Munro has raised thousands of pounds so far by completing a 26-mile trek in aid of veterans’ charities.

The marathon-sized effort saw Royal British Legion Easdale Branch member Mr Munro from Seil take on the challenge to help fill a fundraising gap caused by coronavirus which has halted many other money-making activities for charities.

The Easdale branch usually makes £4,000 to £5,000 a year through fundraising activities for charities including Erskine and SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity, the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association.

Mr Munro’s attempt took him eight hours, eight minutes and 51 seconds to finish the walk on October 7, smashing his target of £2,000 with donations still coming in.

The route took in Ardmaddy over to Degnish, out to Melfort and across to Kilninver before heading back over Clachan Bridge to Seil and back home.

‘It’s a tremendous amount and our thanks go to everyone who has donated, said Jean Alexander, branch secretary.

There are lots of photos to see from the hike on the Royal British Legion Easdale Branch’s Dad’s Army Facebook page

A short film produced by GH Productions is also going out on Youtube so people can follow Mr Munro’s gruelling trek.

The branch’s Poppy Collection has also begun for 2020 and is being masterminded by Stuart and Ann Reid who organise it every year.

More than 600 letters, containing two poppies in the envelopes, are being delivered to every household on Seil, Easdale, Luing and Kilmelford inviting people to make a donation online or in the Poppy Scotland collecting tins out now in local pubs, shops and hotels.

‘The generosity of the community for this appeal is always amazing and the total raised in our small area often surpasses areas with much larger populations,’ said branch member Ron Hetherington.

‘We can’t rattle the collecting tins this year because of Covid but people can still make a donation and show their support for our armed forces charities.

‘This is a unique way of overcoming the difficulties put in the way by the virus of collecting for this very important appeal,’ added Ron.