Our Patron Ex 22 SAS Colin MacLachlan
I served from 1989 to 2005 but when I left I became involved with a charity called Cyrenians and developed their conflict resolution programme which is now run UK nationwide by the Princes Trust as part of their XL programme.
I was involved with the NSPCC as part of their 'every childhood is worth fighting for' campaign and flew out to Nepal building schools following the earthquakes there and have since done stuff with Worldwide Action who do a lot of good work out there.
Since 2010 I have been heavily involved with Help for Heroes and Band of Brothers and have done several fundraisers and sporting events and have been part of the Invictus Games process since around 2014 and despite not being part of the Invictus Games team myself, as ambassador for Marco Polo Events who are the biggest team building organisation in Europe and who have the Invictus Games Foundation as their Official Charity Partner helped raise nearly £100,000 to date. Over the past few years Marco Polo events have raised over £5 million pounds for various charities.
In 2015 I was made Ambassador of Pilgrim Bandits a veterans charity that deals mainly with amputees and have been involved with them ever since getting involved in various events and fundraisers.
Also in 2015 I was made Patron of the Lee Rigby Foundation and have been heavily involved in doing talks, fundraising and charity events with them in order to put in place the safe respite houses and gardens that they have done
In 2016 I was asked to get involved with the Leeds Rhinos Foundation and did several half marathons, fundraiser days and public speaking events
I co-founded Who Dares Cares (SC047018) in 2016 and this year hope to have our app on the apple store and have helped many all over Scotland when encountering stress, break down social barriers, run events and deliver food hampers for veterans.
In 2017 I got involved with Erskine and as well attending events and fundraisers officially opened the Erskine Reid Macewen Activity Centre in 2018.
In 2018 I was made an ambassador for the Veterans Garage and their aim was to take a space just outside of Manchester Airport and make it into a hub offering a garage/cafe and break out rooms for therapy
In 2020 I was involved in the NHS 24 hour marathon where everyone ran for an hour and raising substantial sums for NHS over COVID.
I was asked in 2020 to be patron of Ancre Somme Association Scotland Charity and look forward to being heavily involved. I will assist and support the team. In just 4 years this voluntary charity has achieved so much, it is now time to write the next chapter.
Colin MacLachlan “Who Dares Wins”
ASA Scotland Charity "Nominated for Queen's Award Voluntary Service 2020"