Footprint shaped sign at Gullane Bents

52 Weeks – Week 40 Leave Nothing But Footprints

Footprint shaped sign at Gullane BentsTomorrow, I turn 50.

During October, the people at are holding the autumn “Leave Nothing But Footprints” challenge in aid of Mind UK. Mental Health is an issue that is particularly important to me and, while Mind are a wonderful charity, they do their work in England and Wales.  With that in mind, I will be doing my challenge on behalf of the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH). Given the significant landmark I am reaching, my target for the month is to runm at least 50 miles. If you would like to support me,you can do so via my JustGiving page.

Rememberance Sculpture

52 Weeks – Week 24 – Commemoration

Rememberance SculptureThis week, we remembered the 76th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion of Normandy that led to the liberation of Europe. This week was also the 80th anniversary of the lesser known “Last Stand” of the 51st Highland Division at St. Valery in 1940 that allowed the evacuation of nearly 340,000 British and French troops to be evacuated from the beach at Dunkirk.

My grandfather was one of those who was evacuated, but nearly 10,000 soldiers were left behind to hold back the advancing German army so that the bulk of the British Expeditionary Force and units of the French army could be evacuated safely to Britain. Without their courage and sacrifice, it is possible that the D-Day landings, four years later, might not have been possible.