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An army captain from Perth is celebrating after being nominated for a top award in the Armed Forces Veteran’s Community.
Captain Colin Macnab has been shortlisted for the prestigious Soldiering On lifetime achievement award after 41 years of service and extensive charity work with the Riders Branch Legion Scotland. Colin, who lives in the Oakbank area of the Fair City with his wife Susan, joined the army in 1977 as a Junior Leader in Bovington Dorset. He later joined The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards based in Catterick, and went on to be commissioned as an officer at Sandhurst.
Since then, he has been responsible for enlisting over 450 soldiers in 221 Transport Squadron in Glasgow, becoming the best recruiter in Scotland for the last 13 years. The former Perth High School pupil now works within 154 Scottish Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps based in Dunfermline. Now, the 57-year-old retired military man is looking forward to attending the glittering awards ceremony in London, which recognises dedicated service and significant contribution to the Armed Forces Community.
Captain Macnab explained: “I was ecstatic when I found out I was gaining recognition, it is something of which to be proud. “I will go down to London on February 8 to a champagne reception in the House of Lords, with Lord Dannatt. “This is followed by the awards ceremony on April 20. “I’m looking forward to getting down there to the big city and meeting like-minded people. “There are two others nominated for the lifetime achievement award and I am looking forward to meeting them. “It is a great honour and it is good for the regiment as well.”
Since retiring from the regular army as a Major, Colin went on to form the Riders branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland in 2010, supporting veterans and raising money for the Armed Forces community. The father of three said: “In 2010 I started the Riders branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland and I am still the chairman “There are over 500 members now and in that time we have raised over £200,000 for the veteran community, which is part of the reason I have been nominated for the Soldiering On award.”
After being nominated Colin has received rafts of congratulations from his family and colleagues. Daughter Stacey Macnab said the whole family were proud of him. She declared: “It is fantastic! He has had an amazing journey and we are all so proud of him. “We all see him doing so much in his life and we are so proud to see him finally getting the recognition for everything he has achieved. “The reaction to it has been absolutely crazy, people from throughout his career have been saying how amazing it was to work with him and how inspirational he is. “We have always seen him as a role model and known how capable he is, but is has been good to see everyone else sees that too.”
Stacey, who works as a Principal Teacher of Pupil Support at Kinross High School, added: “This is a great opportunity to see he gets the recognition he deserves. He is really excited about it, he is an amazing man.” Colin will now look to travel down to London to attend the champagne reception at the House of Lords in his honour, before vying for the lifetime achievement award in April.
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Tony Stubbs, 42, who is a voluntary outreach worker for Middleton and also runs the allotment in Langley, said: “I found out a couple of weeks ago that I had been nominated but I only discovered on Thursday (11 January) that I had been shortlisted. “I am very grateful to those who nominated me and I am very proud to have been named as a finalist.”
Tony also works as a volunteer Peer Mentor for the Military Veterans Service in the North West mentoring people with drug and alcohol problems and a media ambassador for The Royal British Legion on the Veterans’ Gateway. Originally from Manchester, Tony was just 15-and-a-half when he signed up and 16 when he went on a Junior Leaders’ Course. On passing the course he completed his training in Newcastle and he was posted into the King’s Own Royal Border Regiment completing three tours in Northern Ireland and Germany.
On returning to Civvy Street he struggled and ended up homeless, getting into a life of crime. Four years’ ago, his son Anthony went missing and seven weeks later his body was discovered – he was only 16. Tony said: “I was transferred to the Military Veterans’ Service about 18 months later and between them and VIC they put me back on the right road. I had asked for help before my son went missing, but his death gave me the determination to sort something out.”
Bob Elliott, Operations Manager of VIC, said: “We are very proud that Tony’s many achievements are being recognised on a national scale and that VIC will again be represented at such a prestigious ceremony. We wish him well.” The winner of the award will be the person or group judged to have overcome significant challenges, injury or disability and whose achievements are an inspiration to others; embodying the spirit of Soldiering On.
There are six other finalists in the category. Overall winners will be announced at a Black Tie gala reception, dinner and Awards’ ceremony at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel, London, on April 20.
Armed Forces charity SSAFA have launched a two-year trial at Catterick Garrison in the hope that early intervention will prevent homelessness, alcohol or drug dependencies and mental health conditions. The service is in response to research commissioned by SSAFA which found that some working-age veterans were living in desperate circumstances. The charity will work with the Ministry of Defence and the Army and Career Transition Partnership.
Sir Andrew Gregory, chief executive of the SSAFA charity, said: “Our research shows that the transition period is a pivotal time for those taking their first steps back into civilian life. “If successful, we would look to roll out the scheme to all service leavers.” The SSAFA mentoring scheme already provides such support for Wounded, Injured and Sick (WIS) personnel leaving the armed forces.
The trial at Catterick Garrison will widen the eligibility for SSAFA mentoring and help measure the effectiveness of the scheme. Mentors provide emotional and practical support, ranging from help with writing CVs and securing housing, to encouraging new activities and hobbies in a bid to avoid social exclusion.
To find out more about mentoring for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, visit www.ssafa.org.uk/mentors