Military Marvels


Craig and Fozzie were recently welcomed to Wiston Lodge as volunteers from Worldwide Volunteering.

Worldwide Volunteering (WWV) operates various projects across the UK assisting people to get involved in volunteering. Here in Scotland there are two Specialist Project Managers: Laura Duckworth works within the Army’s Personnel Recovery Unit (PRU) at Craigiehall, South Queensferry with wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women all across the country. Project Manager Sue Munday works in Dumfries and Galloway with schools and disengaged young people.

Recently Laura has managed to encourage and support two soldiers from the PRU to volunteer at Wiston Lodge. Lance Corporal Craig Cowan and Rifleman Edward ‘Fozzie’ Foster had both suffered prolonged periods of illness which had left them recovering at home, away from comrades and without meaningful employment to fill their time. Keen to try something new, work as part of a team, and to rebuild their strength by working in the outdoors, Craig and Fozzie have worked alongside Wiston’s Head Gardner Catherine McCluskey to construct an innovative and sustainable polytunnel irrigation system, and to make light work of Wiston’s substantial gardens. Until such a time that they are ready to go back to their military role, or transition out of the Army altogether, the valuable work they are doing at Wiston Lodge gives both servicemen a new sense of purpose.

It is hoped that other service persons will be keen to follow in their footsteps, and that some of Sue Munday’s school children might also like the opportunity to volunteer at Wiston... but perhaps once the weather gets slightly warmer!