Mellerstain shoot raises cash for Combat Stress

A SHOOT organised by Lord Haddington at Mellerstain near Gordon raised over £1,700.

The money will go to help veteran Borderers suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and to the charity, Combat Stress, which helps those with PTSD and other mental health problems as a consequence of war.

Combat Stress’ chief fundraiser and former King’s Own Scottish Borderers Commanding Officer, Clive Fairweather said: “I am delighted the shoot has significantly contributed to such a worthy cause.

“The support we gain from such events cannot be under-estimated.”

Over and above people receiving short-stay care at Hollybush House treatment centre in Ayrshire, there are also 16 veterans seeking help in the Borders and a further 22 in neighbouring Dumfries and Galloway he said.

He praised the fundraising efforts of the Hawick PSA Male Voice Choir who organised a concert in Hawick last month and Scottish Borders Council for its guide for veterans coming to live in the region, launched last week.

He said: “It is terrific to see so much being done for those returning. However, more money is needed to train our specialist nurses to allow them to continue to deliver and extend the reach of the cutting edge treatment they provide.”

Founded in 1919, Combat Stress has a caseload of more than 4,600 veterans, including 211 who served in Afghanistan and 583 who served in Iraq. Of those 738 are Scottish.

For more information see www.combatstress.org.uk or call the charity’s 24-hour helpline on 0800 138 1619.