Leo helps signal start of Legion Scotland campaign

Leo Friel (6) from Falkirk joins veteran John Thompson (73) and Lily Murray (6) both from Livingston at the launch of the Legion Scotland campaign
Leo Friel (6) from Falkirk joins veteran John Thompson (73) and Lily Murray (6) both from Livingston at the launch of the Legion Scotland campaign

A Falkirk youngster spent the first day of his school holidays helping to launch a fundraising campaign for veterans.

Leo Friel (6) was at Glasgow’s Central Station on Monday for the start of Give A Little for Veterans.

Running through April, it aims to raise funds to support the vital work of Legion Scotland.

The charity, which has over 31,000 members, provides befriending and comradeship support, grants, and disablement pension appeals advice to veterans of all ages.

As the guardian of Remembrance in Scotland, it also organises many of the remembrance events that take place across the country each year.

Already the campaign has been supported by Falkirk Football Club and Debenhams, while pubs, clubs, hotels and community centres across the country have signed up to take part in the charity’s Big Quiz Off being held this Saturday.

Now members of the public are being asked to consider donating as little as £3 by texting LSCO15£3 to 70070 or online at www.legionscotland.org.uk.

Charlie Brown, acting national chairman of Legion Scotland, said: “We hope everyone will get behind our Give A Little for Veterans campaign. As a nation we are very good at remembering those who fell in conflicts but sometimes we forget those who survived, 
or are unaware of the difficulties some may face after leaving the Armed Forces.

“Some veterans struggle at different points in their lives and Legion Scotland is there to provide the support they need when they need it. It’s also important to recognise that many veterans are young people, something that is not always appreciated.”

Leo, a pupil at Bantaskin Primary School, was at the event with mum Alison, who said: “Leo and all the family are happy to support such a worthwhile cause that helps so many ex-servicemen and women.”