This year, 82 course MacIntyre Flight from the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde Air Squadron (UGSAS) have decided to raise funds for Andy Shaw's, 'The Mountain Way' charity in order to help veterans overcome Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Andy Shaw served as a Royal Marine rifle troop commander in the Falklands War in 1982. He was known for being a top recruit and he won the coveted Royal Maries Sword of Hounour in 1980 when he was a young officer.
Whilst conducting a patrol to eliminate Argintine Troops' fire support systems, his troop ambushed a fire support unit however it turned out that these soldiers were British and his troop had indeed ambushed their own men. Unfortunatley, four men were killed in this incident.
For many years after this event, Andy suffered heavily from PTSD, although he did not know it at the time. PTSD caused Andy's life to crumble around him so much so that he lost his wife through divorce, contemplated suicide and chose to leave the UK.
In 2012, Andy discovered that he found solace in mentoring other officers and veterans who were also suffering from PTSD. In the same year, he decided that he was going to put an end to his 30 year battle with PTSD; hence 'The Mountain Way' was created.
'The Mountain Way' is a programme that is designed to help military veterans suffering from PTSD take back control of their lives and thus help to restore peace in their families. This wonderful charity provides a 10-day, one-to-one, free experience run in the French Pyrenees and is based in the town of Bagnères-de-Luchon in the Haute Garonne district.
We aspire to raise enough money to pay for one veteran's experience. Please help us to achieve our goal of raising £1000 by making a donation to this truely magnificent charity. Any donations are welcome, big or small.