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Thousands pour in for charity following Provost’s wing walk

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Thousands of pounds have been donated by local people following a special wing-walking display in August.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall and seventeen brave locals took to the skies to raise awareness of armed forces charity Help for Heroes, who help wounded service men and women and their families.

The daring bunch, who travelled at speeds of up to 135mph during the wingwalk, were overwhelmed when local people generously donated £8,000 to the charity.

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Provost Hall said “We started the wing-walk mission to raise awareness of Help for Heroes, but many people have generously donated money since the event. Just under £8000 has been donated and all monies donated will be given to Help for Heroes.

“The bravery of our service men and women is always one that strikes a chord with me. It’s great that I was joined by seventeen people who wanted to help me raise awareness of this much deserved charity.

“I wanted to do something a little bit different. Doing the wing-walk was ideal as it’s so extraordinary and that is exactly what our service men and women do every day.

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“It is particularly important to remember as we begin the WW1 centenary commemorations and as we honour all those who lost their lives during Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day.”

Bryn Parry, CEO and Co-Founder of Help for Heroes, said: “H4H is all about ‘doing your bit’ and this event is a wonderful example of people having a good idea, rallying support and having a great deal of fun while they raise money for a wonderful cause.

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“Soldiers, sailors and airmen who are injured today will still need our support in the future. They are still battling and we won’t let them battle alone. Working with our partners, we aim to inspire, enable and support our heroes and their families to give them the best possible chance of a fulfilling future.”

For more information on Help for Heroes, please visit www.helpforheroes.org.uk.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Provost Hall spreads her wings for charity wing-walk

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[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall and seventeen big-hearted locals have been flying high in a special charity event.

The wing-walk, which is raising awareness of armed forces charity Help for Heroes, took place on Strathaven Airfield on Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 August.

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Provost Hall, who took part in the wing-walk on the second day, started the campaign in March to show support for Help for Heroes, who help wounded service men and women and their families.

Provost Hall said: “The bravery of our service men and women is always one that strikes a chord with me. It’s great that I have been joined by seventeen people who want to help me raise awareness of this much deserved charity.

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“I wanted to do something a little bit different. Doing a wing-walk is ideal as it’s so extraordinary and that is exactly what our service men and women do every day. As we begin commemorating WW1 this year, it’s vital we continue to reflect not only on the past, but our present and future too.

“We started the wing-walk mission to raise awareness of Help for Heroes, but many people have generously donated money while we’ve been preparing for this event. So far, over £5,000 has been donated and all monies donated will be given to Help for Heroes.”

Joining Provost Hall on the day was first time flyer, 20 year old Stephanie Bain, from Erskine, who decided to do the wing-walk despite never having flown before and trim Karen Anderson, who lost over 2 stone to take part.

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Stephanie said: “I’m delighted that I’ve done a wing-walk before I’ve flown on a plane. It’s another thing to tick off my bucket list. I was inspired by Provost Hall’s challenge to go wing-walking for Help for Heroes and decided I just had to do it.”

Karen added: “I’ve always been a keen supporter of charity and when I heard Provost Hall was doing a wing-walk I knew I had to join in. Last year, I joined Provost Hall in her first big charity event – to abseil from Renfrewshire Council HQ building in Paisley.

“Although it’s been a challenge to make sure I got to my target weight before the big day, it’s really given me a new boost of life and I’m grateful to have been able to do the wing-walk.”

The wing-walk prompted many local people to donate money to Help for Heroes, with over £5,000 donated on the day.

M and C Coaches and Whitestar Luxury Travel kindly donated their services to take the wing-walkers to and from Paisley and Strathaven Airfield.

For more information on Help for Heroes, please visit www.helpforheroes.org.uk.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Councils team up to help out heroes

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Councils team up to help out heroes.

East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and Renfrewshire councils have teamed up for a new initiative helping Armed Forces veterans.

The three councils, working with the Veterans Support Service, have introduced a new customer service initiative designed to make sure veterans get the help they need.

Customer service advisors at all three authorities have been trained to ask the right questions to identify veterans and ‘signpost’ them to specialist advice in housing, employment, benefits or medical treatment.

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The initiative was given a significant boost this week when the UK Government announced that it will receive £87,000 from the Armed Forces Covenant (LIBOR) Fund.

Monies raised from fines imposed on UK banks which manipulated LIBOR – the interest rate at which banks lend to each other – is used to support the Armed Forces Covenant, a pledge from public services to do what they can to ensure veterans are not disadvantaged.

Each of the three councils has signed the covenant in the past year and all participate in the Firmbase initiative to co-ordinate veterans’ support across the west of Scotland.

The customer service initiative was launched this month when elected members from the three councils met with Lt Col Neil Russell of the Army Personnel Centre. Lt Col Russell also spoke with Stacey Stuart, customer service advisor at Renfrewshire Council, to try out the new service.

Lt Col Russell said: “I’m in uniform today so it’s immediately obvious that I’m with the Armed Forces. But if someone walks in off the street and into a council office, how would you know if they’ve served in the forces? It seems so simple, but unless an advisor asks, then they might not get to the heart of what the person needs.”

“The enthusiasm and interest shown by all of the advisors trained has been to their credit and it’s clear they want to do what they can to help.

“Initiatives like this are so important to supporting veterans and I’m very appreciative of the resources all three councils have invested in making this happen.”

Brian Finch, Scottish regional manager for the Veterans Welfare Service, part of the MoD, said: “We provide advice to the ex-service community and service personnel. Young or old, they can get advice and help from us.

“It’s crucial that people in other agencies coming into regular contact with veterans understand this and can signpost them to us. We’re delighted to be contributing to this initiative and believe it will be of real benefit to our veterans.”

Cllr Anne Hall, Renfrewshire’s Provost, said: “Renfrewshire has a proud tradition of support for the Armed Forces and for service veterans. We’ve been home to the Erskine veterans’ charity since 1917 so we know how difficult it can be for those who have served to make the adjustment to civilian life.”

“I’m glad to see that we’re still finding new ways of helping our veterans and I hope this new initiative goes from strength to strength.”

Cllr Jim Fletcher, leader of East Renfrewshire Council, said: “The Libor Funding is a welcome boost and a recognition of our community covenant pledge and the innovative work we are doing with public, health and voluntary sectors to help service personnel, families and veterans access support.

“This funding will enable us to continue to assist our community fully and further strengthen the support given to East Renfrewshire’s in-service and ex-service personnel.”

Cllr David Wilson, depute Provost of Inverclyde Council, said: “We have a long and proud association with the armed forces in Inverclyde so I am delighted we are part of this service offering help and support.

“It is also an opportunity to promote better understanding and awareness of the issues facing veterans and their families and will be of real benefit to them.”