TROOPS from the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards have signed up for a gruelling challenge to raise funds for Scotland’s Armed Forces children’s charity.

The 11-strong team hopes to raise more than £2,500 for the Royal Caledonian Education Trust (RCET) by pitting itself against the Total Warrior challenge in North Berwick this September. The event covers 10km and features 30 punishing challenges including wading through iced water, rope climbs and electrical currents.

Based in Edinburgh, RCET provides vital grant funding to children from Forces families who are struggling financially and often living with mental health issues, ill health and disability.

RCET also provides educational resources and training to help teachers and other professionals support children and young people experiencing difficulties in school – particularly due to frequent mobility and when a parent is deployed.

Lt Col Dominic Coombes, who will be participating in the challenge, said: “RCET is a fabulous charity that provides an outstanding service to military families. In the Army we are often getting wet and muddy so the opportunity to combine this with helping RCET was too good an opportunity to miss!”

Matthew Middler, the charity’s fundraising manager, added: “RCET is delighted that a team from one of Scotland’s largest Army regiments has chosen to take on this amazing challenge. Each year we distribute as much as £100k in grants and every pound raised makes a vital difference to the families who receive our support.”

RCET still has places available to participate in Total Warrior. If you’d like to take part, visit for more information.

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