Team DMWS did it the Great Glen Way

A DMWS Welfare Officer, Emma Gration put her best paddle forward to take in some of Scotland’s most stunning scenery to complete the Great Glen Canoe Trail, raising funds for charity.

Emma Gration’s challenge was to canoe the Great Glen Canoe trail which is from Fort William to Inverness (60 miles), from the 3rd – 8th May 2018. Emma, accompanied by her partner Henrik and friends Rachael and Gordon Kennedy trained hard for a number of weeks. Not even the daily rain and the Highlands’ notorious midges deterred the foursome who spent two nights under canvas.


Emma said: “I work for DMWS as a welfare officer, and as it’s the charity's 75th anniversary. This year my lovely friends challenged me to do something new to raise funds to help support our Scottish aged veterans further.”

“For someone who has never been in a canoe before this was quite a challenge for me personally. Being a veteran myself, I know how valuable the support we provide is, and this really spurred me on.” 

A veteran herself, who served 7 years in the Army Intelligence Corps, Emma deployed to both Northern Ireland and Bosnia and saw first-hand the sacrifices our Armed Forces make. Utilising her military experience, Emma decided to take on a new role providing medical welfare support to aged veterans and their families with the Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS), as part of the Unforgotten Forces project partnership. 

The Great Glen Canoe Trail challenge raised almost £1,500 for DMWS, helping the charity to reach their target of raising £75k for 75 years of supporting our armed forces since 1943.

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8 May 2018


Notes to editors


For further information on DMWS please contact Lesley Rattue, Fundraising and Marketing Manager on 01264 774 009 or email

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1087210) and in Scotland (SC045460)


About St John and Red Cross Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS)

The St John and Red Cross Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) has been providing a person-centred medical welfare service to the Armed Forces Community since 1943. In that time we have supported over 1,000 000 patients and their families, ensuring that no one goes through the worry of injury and illness alone. Our highly trained welfare officers provide practical and emotional support to those receiving medical treatment. Recent new projects with organisations such as the police, the NHS and the probation service demonstrates the broad appeal of the organisation and its application to a wide set of frontline services. We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


Unforgotten Forces is a partnership between 15 leading organisations delivering a range of services and enhancements for older veterans and their families living in Scotland. They cover areas including advice, access to healthcare, social isolation, respite, along with creative activities and events for those in care settings.

Unforgotten Forces is comprised of the following organisations:

Action on Hearing Loss Scotland

Age Scotland

Armed Services  Advice Project – Citizens Advice Scotland

Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS)



ILM Highland

Legion Scotland


Music in Hospitals & Care Scotland



Scottish Older People’s Assembly

Scottish War Blinded

University of the West of Scotland