James counting on his reserves to raise funds for veterans

posted 11 May 2011, 04:46 by Alistar Frater   [ updated 11 May 2011, 04:50 ]
A Royal Navy Reservist is aiming to go full steam ahead in his bid to raise funds towards the care of veterans in Scotland.

Able Seaman James Grogan, based out of HMS Scotia in Fife, is taking on the Edinburgh Marathon on May 22nd in aid of the veterans’ charity Erskine, which runs five care homes across Scotland.

The 23-year-old, currently deployed on operations in the Middle East, has been training on board his vessel, battling temperatures of up to 25 degrees to get in shape for his marathon fundraising challenge.

His regime includes skipping on the flight deck, running the vehicle deck and using the laundry room to do pull ups for up to an hour each day. 

James from Edinburgh, said: “I choose to run for Erskine because of its obvious Service connection with the Armed Forces and I was aware of their work in Scotland, including their home in Edinburgh. I have been in the Royal Navy Reserves for three-and-a-half years and this is my first operational deployment. I generally train for around 45 minutes to an hour each day. This includes running around bits of the ship and using on-board gym facilities. I’m really looking forward to my fundraising challenge and hope that I can raise a lot of money for Erskine.”

John Fyfe, Erskine fundraiser, said: “James is showing true grit and determination in his efforts to raise vital funds for veterans across Scotland. We are delighted as a serving Royal Navy Reservist that he has chosen for our military charity to benefit from his activities.”

To support James in his fundraising challenge visit www.justgiving.com/James-Grogan.

For further information about Erskine log on to www.erskine.org.uk, to find out more about the Royal Navy Reserves visit www.royal-navy.mod.uk/rnr.

To find out more about running for Erskine in the Edinburgh Marathon call 0141 814 4555.