Alex Johnstone MSP, member for North East Scotland, Conservative Shadow Minister for Communities and Housing – and a swimmer, has gained support from colleagues in putting down a parliamentary motion to congratulate the group who swam the Gulf of Corryvreckan to raise funds for Houses for Heroes.
The group were led by Peter Minshall, CEO of Houses for Heroes and we reported on their achievement when eight out of nine starters on 23rd June completed the swim. (The ninth was sabotaged early by a rogue wave, generous amounts of which he swallowed.)
Alex Johnstone was very impressed by what the group did – one of them, Peter Minshall’s son William is probably the youngest, at 17, ever to swim the Gulf – and is keen to get behind what Houses for Heroes Scotland is doing.
The Parliamentary Motion tabled is:
‘ *S4M-03518 Alex Johnstone: Houses for Heroes Boosted by Corryvreckan Swimmers – That the Parliament congratulates Peter Minshall, Douglas and Emma Byatt, Tony Barker, Colin MacFarlane, Tim Minshall, William Minshall, Andy Peden and Jonathan Reah, who have swum the Corryvreckan, a notorious strait between the islands of Jura and Scarba described in the Admiralty’s West Coast of Scotland Pilot guide to inshore waters as very violent and dangerous; considers that this feat was achieved in extremely challenging conditions; notes that, at 17 years old, William Minshall is the youngest person on record to complete the swim, and commends the swimmers and their volunteer back-up team along with HMS Smiter for raising over £2,000, with donations still coming in, which will be donated to Houses for Heroes Scotland, the Scottish charity founded in 1915 that continues to provide much needed affordable housing in Scotland for disabled armed forces veterans.
Supported by: Annabelle Ewing*, Gordon MacDonald*, Margaret Mitchell*, Jackson Carlaw*, Dennis Robertson*, Jamie McGrigor*, Nanette Milne*, Liz Smith*, Richard Lyle*, John Lamont*, Murdo Fraser*, David Torrance*, Angus MacDonald*, Hugh Henry*’