Fundraising veteran joins pupils for joyous launch of the 2017 Scottish Poppy Appeal

Corporal Andrew McIntosh, 44, a veteran and Poppyscotland beneficiary, was recently joined by primary school pupils, at the old Forth crossing, to launch the 2017 Scottish Poppy Appeal.

Poppyscotland launch 2017 Scottish Poppy Appeal

Previously Andy had travelled from John O'Groats to Land's End on his mobility scooter, raising £3,000 for the charity that provided him with the electric-powered vehicle after he was diagnosed with a very rare and serious vascular condition in 2009.

"After their help, I wanted to go the #ExtraMile for Poppyscotland and that's why I took on the challenge from John O'Groats to Land's End. I did it in 16 days and nine hours - breaking the record by eight days - and, after doing that I'm sure people won't mind me asking them to go the #ExtraMile for Poppyscotland this year. You don't have to travel 1,000 miles like me; you can do anything you like that will help raise money for the charity."

The schoolchildren from West Lothian also went the #ExtraMile, both literally and metaphorically, after venturing across the Forth Road Bridge:

Poppyscotland launch 2017 Scottish Poppy Appeal

"The pupils of Uphall Primary School felt privileged and honoured to be invited to take part in the event today. This was a perfect conclusion to our whole school project learning about Passchendaele. Furthermore, it has given our children an insight into how Poppyscotland provides support for those who are currently serving or have served in the Armed Forces." Headteacher Carol Fawkes.

The Scottish Poppy Appeal is Scotland's largest annual street collection. More than five million poppies and 60,000 collecting tins have been distributed around Scotland. Poppyscotland relies on a network of 450 volunteer area organisers and around 10,000 volunteer collectors who ensure that every corner of the country has their poppies in time for the Appeal.

"Both Andy and the pupils of Uphall Primary School are no strangers at going the #ExtraMile for Poppyscotland. We know at the heart of the Poppy Appeal are our local communities, and the work this primary school has undertaken recently in respect of Remembrance epitomises what the Appeal is all about." Gordon Michie, Poppyscotland's Head of Fundraising,

Poppyscotland launch 2017 Scottish Poppy Appeal

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