Charities to celebrate life of Clive Fairweather

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A GROUP of military charities will combine next weekend to celebrate the life of Clive Fairweather, the former deputy commander of the SAS and chief inspector of Scottish Prisons.

Fairweather, who was chief fundraiser for Combat Stress in Scotland, died last year at the age of 69 following a short illness.

After retiring he became highly involved in veterans’ issues in Scotland, campaigning for more understanding and awareness in particular of Post Trau­matic Stress Disorder, and raising money for Combat Stress’s Hollybush House 
in Ayrshire, a short-term residential unit for vet­erans with mental health ­issues.

He also wrote extensively for The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday on military matters, giving talks and raising awareness about Combat Stress.

Saturday’s event, to be held on the Tall Ship in Glasgow, will gather together representatives from a range of veterans’ charities across Scotland, and will feature performances from tenor Jeff Lloyd-Roberts, pianist Oliver Rundell and magician Robbie Cockburn. Money raised will go to Combat Stress in Scotland.

The event has been organised by Fiona MacDonald, who runs Glen Art, a charity that supports Combat Stress in Scotland.

“Clive would often sort out a problem with a single phone call, and for the soldiers both serving and those who had left the armed forces, they knew that when he was involved something would happen,” she said.

Tickets are still available for the event. Go to www.glenart.co.uk for details.

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