A DUNFERMLINE veteran had her own kiltwalk at the weekend to raise money for SSAFA, the armed forces charity.

Peggy Leggat walked 13 miles of the Loch Leven Heritage Trail to help the organisation where she is a voluntary case worker.

She was accompanied by her husband, Group Captain Jim Legatte OBE, as well as SSAFA Trustee, Graham Meacher, and his wife, Elizabeth.

The quartet managed to complete their feat in around four-and-a-half hours.

"Lockdown has helped because we have tended to go out every weekend so it wasn't too bad," said Penny. "I have done the Kiltwalk for the last four years and I normally do the Dundee Kiltwalk. Last year it got cancelled so I did a short walk across the Forth Road Bridge.

"We decided this year to do the Loch Leven Heritage Trail. We saw people walking in their kilts raising money for their charities. It was a bit like the main event but less of us!"

Penny has been volunteering for SSAFA Fife, which helps the serving, reservists, veterans and their families, for around seven years.

She served previously as a Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps nursing officer (QA) and served in Germany, the UK and also had a two-year tour with the Australian Defence Forces. She also served with 32 Field Hospital during Op.Granby/ Desert Storm.

On leaving the Service, Penny went on to work as a community midwife with SSAFA in Germany. When she returned to the UK, she brought up a young family and worked with the Service Families’ Federations supporting and campaigning on their behalf for causes close to her heart.

When she moved to Dunfermline, she started volunteering for SSAFA Fife.

"The role as a caseworker is to engage with the client who is asking for help," explained Penny. "Then we become their point of contact and you assist them to get appropriate help. We then make sure we follow their journey right the way through.

"I have got a service background and my husband is with the Forces as well. It is lovely to go out and share stories and meet these people – when we can. It can be from a young family up to a Second World War veteran or their families. It is so varied."

Money raised by Penny will be used to support SSAFA Fife's 12 volunteers with the provision of training and other expenses. Anyone wanting to donate can do so by visiting https://virtual.thekiltwalk.co.uk/fundraising/ScotlandsVirtualKiltwalk2021-PennyLeggat.