Fundraiser launched to create new hub for Fife veterans

A fundraising campaign has been launched to help provide a base for a Veteran Contact Hub in Dunfermline.

Wednesday, 28th April 2021, 4:30 pm

Mike Boyle, who established the Scottish Forces Breakfast Club in 2018, has highlighted the need for a facility to help former servicemen and women in the region.

The group needs to raise £10,000 for a new base which would be used as a meeting place and would also house the breakfast club and its emergency foodbank delivery service set up during lockdown.

Mike, who is from Glenrothes, said: “We already the Scottish Forces Breakfast Club that I set up in 2018 as there was nothing for veterans to do or nowhere to meet with like-minded folk, and hardly any breakfast clubs and no drop-in centres.

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Members of the group, from l-r, Morris Parkyn, Mike Boyle, and Stuart Mclean.

“We did not realise when it first launched that it would be such a big success.”

Members of the group enjoying breakfast.

It started with 10 members, and by February 2020 there were 70 sitting together.

Mike said that the group’s aims were to provide a hub where veterans, armed forces personnel, and emergency service staff can come to meet with other like minded people for support.

“We want to provide them with a building that has a warm, welcoming environment,” he added.

“Ideally it will be a place where they can meet, talk, take part in activities, and have one to one or group conversations.

"Money is an issue – this is why we need to raise funds.

"There is no other contact hub in Fife and we have a urgent need as we are failing our veterans.”

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