George Watson’s College was delighted to welcome Private Paul Lambert a serving soldier with 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland to receive a cheque on behalf of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.
The cheque for £3106.58 was raised by George Watson’s pupils at their Red, White and Blue Day in October when they dressed in red, white and blue, following an assembly when they had heard about the charity’s work supporting members of the armed services and their families from Major Roy Robertson.
Paul lost both legs, a finger and suffered severe shrapnel wounds to his internal organs whilst serving in Afghanistan in November 2009 and is still undergoing rehabilitation at the Army Rehab Centre at Headley Court. He benefitted from the charity’s work when they administered the funds for a ramp to make his house accessible by wheelchair thus enabling him to recover in the comfort of his own home.
While visiting Watson’s Paul spoke to the Senior School assembly and said, “The funds you’ve raised with help not only guys like myself, but also those who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and also veterans of campaigns away back like the Korean War, and thanks for that”.
Heather Wilson, Head of the Senior School at Watson’s said, “Our pupils really entered into the fundraising spirit and for a day a sea of red, white and blue replaced the Watson's maroon. Major Roy Robertson, encouraged them to 'have fun whilst raising money' and they certainly did that with their inventive attire and the impressive amount that was raised. Private Paul Lambert's story is a compelling one and he has certainly inspired our young people today with his courage in the face of adversity. He is a superb role model for today's young generation.”