It was both a poignant and proud occasion for a Glasgow family who took part in the Virtual Kiltwalk this year. Four generations of the McCarron family climbed to the summit of Dumyat Hill in Argyll in memory of Private James McCarron who was killed in France in 1940 during WW2. James, who was in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, left behind five children including Anne, who was only three years old when he died.
Anne along with her daughter Maureen; two granddaughters; a grandson-in-law; two great-grandsons and two family friends, trekked up the Hill to the memorial stone to the Argyll Regiment.
“It was a proud and emotional moment for us all but especially for mum. As this is the 80th anniversary of her father’s death, we have planned to go to France to visit the small village cemetery in Saigneville where he is buried along with three other Argyll soldiers, but we were unable to due to COVID-19. We decided that a lovely way to honour his memory and sacrifice would be to walk up Dumyat Hill. So on 12th September, we did just that as part of the virtual Kiltwalk to raise money for Erskine.
“Mum, who is 83 now, inspired us all with the way she rose to the challenge. It was a poignant way to celebrate my grandfather’s memory as well as an honour to know that we were helping other Veterans by raising money for the wonderful charity that is Erskine. As a family, it was a day of special memories we will never forget.”
‘Team McCarron’ raised a fantastic £570 which was generously doubled by The Hunter Foundation making the total raised a wonderful £1,140.
Erskine has cared for 100,000 Veterans since 1916 and needs to raise over £10million each year to provide this care.
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