Jock vs the volcano to raise money for Family Support Trust

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Jock Mciness Mount Etna
A former soldier is raising money for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s Family Support Trust by climbing one of the world’s tallest volcanoes - Mount Etna.

Jock McInnes MBE, who served as a sergeant in the prestigious Black Watch Regiment, will scale the 10,922ft active volcano, found in Italy - which is more than twice the height of Ben Nevis - at the end of this month.

But, the part-time support trust fundraising and engagement officer is no stranger to high climbs across Europe – he’s climbed a mountain or taken on an epic trek every year for the past 18 years.

The 60-year-old from Scone in Perth has climbed the likes of Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Elbrus in Russia and trekked 70 miles across the Sahara Desert – and he’s done them all in a traditional kilt.

He said: “I’ve been everywhere in this kilt, everyone else taking part usually turns up in proper mountain gear then I turn up in a kilt – you should see their faces.

“My family always support me – but I think they are getting used to me taking on these epic journeys, when I told my two grandchildren about this climb they replied ‘not another one grandpa’.”

Jock Maciness MBE

Jock, who received his Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) medal for his outstanding services to charity, leaves for Italy on Saturday, August 26, and will spend eight days in the country.

He has smashed his original target of £2000 and is now aiming to raise £3500.

The former Sergeant added: “It’s amazing to be able to raise so much money for the trust, I’m extremely proud of the funds raised to date but I’m not stopping there – I want to raise as much as I can.”

The SFRS Family Support Trust exists to provide financial and other support services to serving and retired fire service personnel and their families, who may require assistance in times of need.

You can donate to Jock’s climb by visiting http://bit.ly/2vhZ9lX

 

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