Commando 999 charity hopes to raise £1 million

A cheque for �400 was presented by the Carnoustie Links Staff Charity at the green keepers buildings on Monday morning to Commando 999. The money was raised from a race night organised by the links staff. Holding the cheque are, Barry Irving, left, staff charity and Conrad Trickett from Commando 999 with representative from the police, ambulance and fire service and links staff.
A cheque for �400 was presented by the Carnoustie Links Staff Charity at the green keepers buildings on Monday morning to Commando 999. The money was raised from a race night organised by the links staff. Holding the cheque are, Barry Irving, left, staff charity and Conrad Trickett from Commando 999 with representative from the police, ambulance and fire service and links staff.

A CHEQUE for £400 was presented by the Carnoustie links staff charity at the greenkeepers’ buildings to Commando 999 on Monday morning.

The money was raised at a race night organised by the staff.

Commando 999 brings together former Royal Marines who are now either serving or retired members of the police, fire or ambulance services from anywhere in the UK. The group has in excess of 1,000 members and its website can be found at www.commando999.com

A spokesman revealed that several major fund-raising events are scheduled to take place over the next few years and all money raised will go straight to the Royal Marines’ Association (Charity No 206003) and then into the Royal Marines’ Charitable Trust Fund that looks after the corps family.

He continued: “We are attempting to raise £1 million for the Corps by 2014, the Royal Marines 350th birthday. The current fund is now hugely reduced due to the much higher than average spending in support of the last two operational tours of Afghanistan and Iraq prior to that, with further spending expected following the deployment of 3 Commando Brigade to Afghanistan this year.

“A group of former Royal Marines and Army Commandos now serving primarily in Tayside Police, Tayside Fire and Rescue and the Scottish Ambulance Service have come together to do something locally for Commando 999.

“On May 21 they will set off as individuals and teams from the western shores of Loch Tay, paddle canoes the length of the loch, exchange kayaks for rafts and continue along the rapids of the River Tay to Grandtully, a distance of 27 miles.

“They will then exchange boats for bikes and cycle the 55 miles through Dundee to Arbroath. Once in Arbroath, the route takes them on foot, running a 10 mile clifftop path to Lunan Bay. To cap the 100 mile route, the entire team will come together to speed march the final six miles to Montrose and the sea.”

For more information on how you can support the challenge contact former Royal Marines Officer and now Tayside Police Chief Inspector Conrad Trickett at transtaysidechallenge@hotmail.co.uk. If you want to sponsor the group visit www.bmycharity.com/transtaysidechallenge.