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Landmarc and DIO employees climb Snowdon to raise funds for SSAFA, The Armed Forces Charity.

Lee Worrall, Maintenance Technician for Landmarc Support Services (Landmarc), and WO2 Scott Maclean, Deputy Training Safety Officer for the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), both based at Kirkcudbright Training Centre in Dundrennan, have raised over £1,000 for SSAFA, The Armed Forces Charity, by climbing Snowdon in North Wales.


Pictured above: WO2 Scott Maclean during the duo's Snowdon climb

The duo made the challenging ascent via the Miners Path and the Pyg Path, covering approximately nine miles and climbing to a height of 1,085m, setting off at sunrise in order to make their descent during daylight.

WO2 Scott Maclean, DIO’s Deputy Training Safety Officer at Kirkcudbright Training Centre said, “Lee and I would like to thank everyone for their kind donations. Our initial target of £500 has more than doubled, with our running total made up from a mixture of online pledges and local fundraising, now at £1,120 and donations are still coming in.

“We amended our original plan, which involved taking the Llanberis Path, and instead took the Miners Path followed by the Pyg Path, which did make things more difficult but the views were spectacular. The weather was cold but beautifully sunny with some snow at the summit. We set off early and the walk there and back took just over 6 hours.  Both Lee and I felt every step and Lee has vowed, “Never Again!” but I reckon we can force that issue!”

Lee Worrall, Landmarc’s Maintenance Technician, also based at Kirkcudbright, added, “Scott and I both wanted to raise money for charity by doing something that we wouldn’t normally do. The whole thing was a little out of my comfort zone but it was an amazing experience and I felt a massive sense of achievement once we had completed it.

“SSAFA is a fantastic charity that supports our Armed Forces during times of need. Any money donated will go towards supporting regulars and reserves in the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the British Army and the Royal Air Force and their families, as well as anyone who has completed National Service.”

Sam Nowell, SSAFA’s Corporate Partnerships Manager, added: “On behalf of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity I’ve got to give a big shout out to Lee and Scott, as well as Landmarc and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, for this amazing effort and amount raised.

“It’s only because of funds raised that SSAFA, the UK’s oldest tri-service charity, can carry on its work of providing practical, emotional, and financial support to our Forces and their families. Lee and Scott’s effort means SSAFA can be there for people in need, from Second World War veterans to those who have served in more recent conflicts or are still currently serving, and their families – any time they need us, in any way they need us, for as long as they need us.”

Landmarc provides the vital support services which enable our Armed Forces to live, work and train on the UK Defence Training Estate and has been an active supporter of SSAFA for a number of years, working with the charity to support initiatives that help veterans as they transition into civilian life.

SSAFA, The Armed Forces Charity, has provided lifelong support to our Forces since 1885, including serving personnel, reservists, veterans and their families. SSAFA exists to relieve need, suffering and distress amongst the Armed Forces, veterans and their families in order to support their independence and dignity.

If you would like to help Lee and Scott raise much needed funds for SSAFA they are still welcoming donations via their JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lee-scott-snowdon