‘Fifers’ fabulous fund total

Sandy Cunningham, Thomas Bremner and Steven Bone
Sandy Cunningham, Thomas Bremner and Steven Bone

Two men from Levenmouth who undertook a 750-mile cycling challenge have raised over £24,000 for Poppyscotland.

Sandy Cunningham and Thomas Bremner, aka ‘the Flying Fifers’, completed their Cycle of Remembrance, from Leven to the Menin Gate in Belgium in June 2013.

The six-day challenge, which culminated in them taking part in the Last Post ceremony, was the main focus of a year-long fundraising drive.

“Their fundraising also included half marathons, social events, bag packs Sainsbury’s Leven, a sponsored bungee jump and even ‘cycle of remembrance’ tattoos, which they got after being sponsored £1000.

Presenting the total funds of £24,353 to Poppyscotland, Sandy said: “We are very proud to present this money to Poppyscotland. It’s a cause close to our hearts and we wanted to raise as much money as possible to give something back in memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice during the World Wars and to help the men and women of today’s Armed Forces who need support now.”

Thomas added: “We would also like to thank all the people and organisations who have supported us in our fundraising over the past year. There are too many to mention but we are grateful to everyone who got behind us. We have been overwhelmed by the response.”

The money raised by the pair will be used by Poppyscotland to provide much-needed support to the most vulnerable members of Scotland’s Armed Forces community.

Colin Flinn, Poppyscotland’s head of fundraising, commented: “We are incredibly grateful to Sandy and Thomas for supporting Poppyscotland.

“They are an inspiration to anyone wishing to raise funds by creating their own challenge and we have been truly amazed by their drive, enthusiasm and achievements. The money they have raised will make a real positive impact on our work with veterans and they should be rightly proud.”

And the Flying Fifers aren’t putting their feet up quite yet - in May, Sandy will be part of a team taking on the Ediburgh Half Marathon, while Thomas will do the full 26 miles, and in June the pair will take on the gruelling Tough Mudder challenge, all in aid of Poppyscotland.