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Plaque unveiled at respite centre for injured soldiers

Alex Fergusson MSP and RnR founder Jenefer Tobin Credit: ITV News Border

A plaque commemorating the work of a Dumfriesshire rest and recreation charity has been unveiled by Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Alex Fergusson.

South West Scotland RnR is based at Carsethorn on the Solway Coast and is run by local villager Jenefer Tobin.

Mrs Tobin runs the charity from her home, where injured soldiers returning from overseas tours are given a much needed week of rest and recreation.

Hundreds of soldiers have benefitted from the services since the charity began in 2009.

Soldiers take part in a number of activities during their stay including water sports, carriage driving, falconry and clay pigeon shooting.

Alex Fergusson MSP said:

"This local charity has become a real success story.

"Jennefer Tobin’s energy, enthusiasm, inspiration and commitment has provided a badly needed facility within which returning soldiers, often mentally and physically scarred, can come and let off steam in a healthy and competitive atmosphere.

“The local voluntary input to this charity is nothing less than phenomenal, as is amply illustrated by the fact that both the magnificent plaque itself, and the plinth on which it is mounted, were made and donated by local craftsmen Edward Layden and Peter Crighton respectively.