Veterans charity renamed

SBMA Lothians Veterans Centre
SBMA Lothians Veterans Centre

The Mark Wright Project support centre for ex-service personnel and their families has been given a new name.

At a recent event attended by more than fifty veterans and their families, as well as David Hamilton MP (Lab) and councillor Jim Bryant (SNP), the Dalkeith-based project was renamed the Lothians Veterans’ Centre by Col. Martin Gibson, Executive Chairman of Veterans Scotland.

Building on the work of The Mark Wright Project, the newly-titled Centre will remain a charity based at Eskdaill Court.

The new name, according to manager Margaret Miller, was chosen by service users as it reflects the ongoing work being carried out not only in Midlothian but the Lothians area as a whole.

The charity organises social activities and provides advice on issues such as housing and benefits. It has a successful employability programme that has helped forty-five veterans into employment in the last two years.

Staff are grateful for the support received from local businesses including Farmfoods, Costco and Flowers by Lamb.

Meanwhile Kajaki, a film immortalising the sacrifice of Corporal Wright, who died in Helmand province while trying to rescue an injured comrade trapped in an unmarked Afghan minefield, has premiered in Edinburgh.