Bikers generosity benefits Poppyscotland as they lay a wreath in Carluke.

Lanarkshire Upper Ward Widows Sons bikers
Lanarkshire Upper Ward Widows Sons bikers

A group of big-hearted bikers took part in a wreath laying ceremony at Carluke war memorial as part of a fundraising effort to raise £60,000 for Poppyscotland, whilst also commemorating the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Members of the Grand Lodge of Scotland and their motorcycle riders association, The Widows Sons Scotland, are touring 31 cenotaphs and memorials over eight weekends as the 100-year anniversary of the end of the First World War approaches.

Supporting the latest leg of the nation-wide tour were the Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire Upper Ward and the local Lodges who combined to raise more than £2,000 for Poppyscotland, with Freemasons from Lodge St.John No.187 providing hospitality.

In the race around Scotland, other notable pitstops include Dryburgh Abbey, the final resting place of Earl Haig, Kilwinning, The Queen Victoria School in Dunblane and the war memorial in Kirkwall, Orkney, before finishing up in Dumbarton on September 29.

The bikers hope their travels will raise £60,000 for Poppyscotland, with the money used to provide tailored support and funding to hundreds of veterans in need.

Gordon Michie, Head of Fundraising at Poppyscotland, said: “The money raised by the Grand Lodge of Scotland and their motorcycle association Widows Sons Scotland will improve lives in the Armed Forces community. I’d like to thank them for their wonderful work, it is greatly appreciated.

“It will fund a specialised employment service so that disabled veterans can get support to find suitable, sustainable employment, or allow us to undertake major home adaptations, enabling a seriously disabled veteran to remain in the comfort and safety of their own home.”

Charles Iain Robert Wolrige Gordon, Grand Master Mason of the Grand Lodge of Scotland, said: “We are delighted Widows Sons Scotland tour of the country is raising vital money for Poppyscotland and that it will help facilitate its much-needed work. The bravery of our Armed Forces, both serving men and women as well as veterans, is something to be very proud of and we’re honoured to support an excellent charity that recognizes their invaluable contribution.”

Poppyscotland provides life-changing support to our Armed Forces community. To donate and to learn more about forthcoming fundraising events, visit www.poppyscotland.org.uk/