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Family launches monthly Sunday lunch for veterans at Royal British Legion (Scotland) (RBLS) Forres

By Garry McCartney

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Donna Walker and Carl Morgan hope to be joined by local veterans to chat to at Forres Legion.
Donna Walker and Carl Morgan hope to be joined by local veterans to chat to at Forres Legion.

A FORCES family is starting a monthly event to encourage veterans to get together for food and friendship.

Donna Walker and her partner Carl Morgan hope their Sunday lunch group at Royal British Legion (Scotland) (RBLS) Forres will give veterans the chance to meet face to face in a relaxed environment and enjoy a bite to eat as well as banter to combat loneliness.

Donna said: “We have both been actively involved in fundraising for the RBLS for the last 10 years. After hearing about and visiting breakfast clubs in the surrounding area, we decided one would be ideal for Forres.”

The food at the monthly café will be prepared by Donna, who has worked in cafés including at Logie Steading, Audrey’s and Cawdor Castle, and Carl was a chef in the Army and Royal Air Force prior to medical discharge.

Donna said: “The current Lord Lieutenant of Moray, Major General Seymour Munro praised Carl’s excellent food during the Highlanders Museum appeal launch at Fort George in 2010.”

Donna’s son is currently serving in the Army.

She said: “I want to put something into the RBLS so that should my son ever need help, the legion and the veterans’ charities they support are there for him.”

She added: “Carl and others I have spoken to feel strongly that being in the legion helps the transition into civilian life. The camaraderie with serving and ex-military personnel is welcomed, as for many there is a feeling of loneliness after a service career ends.”

The first Sunday lunch for veterans on October 31 will be limited to 30 people, as Donna and Carl gauge how many are interested.

Tickets – available from October 17 – must be purchased in advance for £6 from the RBLS Forres on Sanquhar Road and Highland Army Surplus at 114 High Street.

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