A soldier badly injured in a roadside bomb in Iraq is preparing to cycle more than 1200 miles with his three best friends. Robert Reid was blinded in one eye and spent time in a wheelchair after hewas injured in February 2008.
He and three others are going to cycle on a quad tandem bike to all the Kings of Sevens rugby tournaments in the Borders and then cycle around Scotland and be back in Jedburgh in time for the last match.
They plan to cover a distance of 1215 miles in April and May next year and raise £10,000 for three charities, the Scottish War Blinded, the Royal Regiment of Scotland Support Service and the Heart and Balls Charitable Trust.More information can be found here.
The Ministry of Defence have named a soldier killed in Afghanistan on Sunday, who had been serving with The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, as Captain Walter Barrie.
Captain Barrie was killed at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Shawqat in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand Province on Remembrance Sunday in what is believed to have been an 'insider attack'.
The officer from Glasgow was playing in a football match between British soldiers and members of the Afghan National Army at his base when he was shot at close range by a member of the Afghan Army.
After a twitter campaign involving South Lakes MP Tim Farron thousand of spare Olympic tickets will be given to members of the Armed Forces.
A twitter campaign was launched to give members of the armed forces the tickets when news that more than 200,000 were spare.
Now the organisers have announced that through the charity Tickets for troops over 10,000 Olympic and Paralympic tickets have ben donated.
Commenting Tim Farron said:
"I am absolutely delighted that the Olympics organizers have listened to our twitter campaign to show our thanks to our armed forces by giving them the spare tickets to both the Olympics and Paralympics. The service and commitment that our military has shown by agreeing to step in and ensure that security for these major international events is not compromised for a second is fantastic and they deserve all of our thanks and support.”