WEST Lothian pipe band Heedrum Hodrum have joined forces with the Cavalier Inn in Armadale to raise cash for Help for Heroes.
Regulars and staff at the pub originally took part in a sponsored walk over the Forth Road Bridge, raising a fantastic £1040 for the cause.
However, they then asked the piping and drumming club to get on board for a Scottish music day at the bar and that helped push the total past £2200 thanks to raffle money and more donations.
Drew Caldwell, who set up the club nearly a year ago, served in the forces for 22 years and knows how valuable the Help for Heroes charity is for the services.
He said: “The day had a brilliant atmosphere with a real mixture of young and old people at the event. I just thought that there was a great sense of community.
“I know first hand how valuable days like that are. I know people from the army who are amputees and they really benefit from the fundraisers.
“When personnel with injuries are lifted from places like Afghanistan their equipment is left behind. Help for Heroes provides bags of essentials upon their return to the UK.”
The money raised will be going straight to the Personal Recovery Centre in Edinburgh.
The rehabilitation centre is linked to the charity, with injured soldiers returning from duty before heading out to recovery facilities like the one in the Scottish capital.
The fundraising idea came about after Cavalier manageress Yvonne Fergus and Shug Coburn, Tosh French, Liz Pedan, Liam Coburn and Demi Leigh Fergus were discussing sponsored walks and charity events and it was decided to do something for Help for Heroes.
“These guys aren’t fitness fanatics or anything, they are just normal folk and it is a great achievement for them,” Drew said. “We rehearse at the pub on a Tuesday and the guys asked if we could join in and take part in raising cash.
“This is the start of something and we will be there to assist them in anyway we can.”
Drew added: “The fundraiser was such a success and I know people are talking about maybe climbing Ben Nevis for charity next year.”
And Drew, who has played in military tattoos all around the world with pipe bands, also had special praise for some of the younger Heedrum Hodrum performers at the day.
He said: “Some of the children who played have only been doing so for about six months and this was their first public performance. And what better way to do it than to help raise money for a fantastic cause?
“These soldiers have made a great sacrifice and we owe it to our guys to give them a helping hand.”