Scottish veteran to take on ultimate inflatable challenge for SSAFA

A local Army veteran and Grandfather is teaming up with a friend to take on the ultimate inflatable challenge to raise money for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity.

Former Gunner, Alan Tait, 71 and his friend Andy Brechin, also 71 are taking ‘a wee trip round Forfar Loch’ in an inflatable kayak on Sunday 30 September.

Together, they are looking to raise £500 for SSAFA’s Dundee and Angus branch, after they secured funding for an electric wheelchair for Alan’s wife, Kitty, a former nurse, who was diagnosed with progressive MS, 12 years ago.

SSAFA Dundee and Argus is made up of a network of volunteers who provide practical, emotional and financial support to serving personnel, veterans and their families in the area.

Speaking of the challenge, Alan said:

“Andy got this double inflatable kayak for his birthday and suggested taking it out on the loch, so I said let’s get some sponsorship for SSAFA – and that’s how it all came about! It’s just our way of saying thank you very much for the help.

“We’ve not practised – we’re both old codgers! It’s a one-off so we’ll just go for it, see what happens and hope to get as far round as we can on the day without getting wet!  Although, I think this will be my last charity challenge – I’ll stick to playing dominoes after this!”

David Black, Regional Fundraising Manager for SSAFA in Scotland, said:

“This event is one of a kind – and one of the most interesting challenges I’ve seen to date!  We’re incredibly grateful for Alan and Andy supporting our work at SSAFA Dundee and Angus and wish them lots of luck – whilst it may be fun, it certainly doesn’t sound easy!”


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Notes to editors:

SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, has been providing lifelong support to our Forces and their families since 1885. Every year our staff and team of volunteers help more than 67,000 people, from Second World War veterans to young men and women who have served in more recent conflicts.

For more information visit and follow us on Twitter: @SSAFA.

For more information or interview opportunities, please contact Emily Garner in the SSAFA Press Office on or 0207 463 9321.

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