Balhousie staff try out the army life

Staff from Forfar-based Balhousie Care Group swapped their usual roles for military vehicles, army boots and mess trays last Thursday as they experienced a look at life in the British Army.

A team from the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) battled it out against staff from Balhousie Care Group and Dundee-based construction company Muirfield Contracts in a one-day challenge at RAF Leuchars in Fife, with 71 Engineer Regiment (Volunteers).

The Look at Life challenge was donated by 71 Engineers as an auction prize at the recent Balhousie Care Group charity ball, which raised £38,500 for CHAS – and was bought by Balhousie owner and chairman Tony Banks, a Falklands veteran.

The teams spent the day taking part in team-building tasks including driving military vehicles and constructing bridges.

Tony Banks said: “CHAS is our nominated charity and we were delighted the ball in March raised so much money. We invited them and Muirfield Contracts to join us on this team-building challenge which will give everyone a fun insight into life in the army.”

The challenge was named Exercise Rachel in honour of CHAS’s hospice Rachel House, which opened in Kinross in March 1996, with Robin House in Balloch following in August 2005.

The hospices support the whole family by offering short planned breaks, emergency support, end of life care and a range of bereavement services.

Roslyn Neely, CHAS Director of Fundraising and Communications, said: “CHAS receives incredible ongoing support from Balhousie Care Group and we were delighted at the sum raised at their recent ball. Team working is vitally important in our children’s hospices and the CHAS team taking part is looking forward to trying their hand at the challenges being posed by the Army.”