Poppyscotland is to host an Open Day on 26th June to recognise the commitment and dedication of those who serve as Reservists in the Armed Forces…

The event, taking place next week at the charity’s Inverness Welfare Centre, will seek to support the national Reserves Day and will highlight the wide range of services that Poppyscotland offers to Reservists and their families.

Nina Semple, Poppyscotland’s Welfare Services Manager in Inverness, said: “Reservists make up nearly a third of our Armed Forces, so their contribution is vital. They serve alongside their Regular counterparts, but the challenges they face are often quite different. One day they could be serving on a battlefield and the very next, return to their home life and civilian workplace.

“Poppyscotland understands the unique challenges that Reservists face and we are committed to supporting them both during and after service. Reserves Day was created to highlight and recognise the valuable contribution they make and marks an ideal opportunity to hold this Open Day.

“We are encouraging people to join us in an informal and relaxed setting of the Inverness Welfare Centre to find out about the wide range of advice and support available locally to Reservists and their families. We’ll also highlight the benefits of joining the Reserve Forces to individuals and outline the competitive advantage that employing Reservists can bring to local businesses.”

The Reserves Open Day takes place at Poppyscotland’s Inverness Welfare Centre, in Strothers Lane, on Wednesday 26th June, from 12pm to 4pm. Among those in attendance will be representatives from 7 SCOTS, 51st Highland, 7th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland; 2622 (Highland) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force Regiment; and Army Medical Services: A Detachment 205 Field Hospital – who will be on hand to talk to anyone interested in becoming a Reserve.