Our heroes need Barrhead's support
Published: 4 Feb 2012 09:30
Margaret Ann Leckie has only a couple of months to wait until her brother Eddie, 28, comes home from his second tour of duty with the army in Afghanistan.
But the wait inevitably seems an eternity for his little daughter Freya, who is just about to turn four.
"Together with our mum Georgina and friends we're organising a fundraising night in aid of the charity Help For Heroes," said Margaret Ann.
"Eddie has been in the army for seven years and has been in Iraq and has also seen one previous tour of duty - and it's the most positive way we can show we care, not just about him but also about all the other soldiers whose families are waiting for them to return."
Eddie, a former Barrhead High pupil, is a lance corporal with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, a vital corps which literally keeps the army's military machine on the road in some of the roughest combat terrain in the world.
Margaret Ann said: "He's not in the front line, so he's not in the same sort of immediate danger as some other soldiers, but he travels to different regions of Afghanistan depending on where his unit is needed.
"We're aware that while he's come home safe before some other families haven't been so lucky.
"Help for Heroes does great work in helping the soldiers who are wounded, and we want to show how much we support what they're doing by staging an event that will hopefully be a positive contribution to their effort."
Even although Eddie is thousands of miles away from Scotland and its dreich winter weather the family are able to keep in regular touch, both by phone and also on occasion through skype video-link.
The contact is a great comfort to nearest and dearest who in previous wars would have been all but cut off from normal contact for many months at a time.
But with Eddie's homecoming now so close the family want to send a potent message to him and all of his colleagues by rallying support for a worthy cause they're certain really does offer invaluable help to those who need it most.
"We're staging our fundraising night on Saturday, February 25," said Margaret Ann, "and it will be a disco with prize raffle in the local servicemens' club."
She added: "We've got some brilliant items to auction, for example a signed Rangers top and a signed St Mirren ball, and I hope generous local people will come along and dig deep to make the night a success."
Tickets for the event, which includes a buffet, are priced £5, and are available from Margaret Ann on 07921506325.