John Smeaton - some civis do care

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  1. This will be helpful to Erskine Hospital, just a pity its a charity but good on John for decieding to do this


    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/glasgow_and_west/6904633.stm

    Airport 'hero' in charity pledge
    The baggage handler who tackled a terror suspect during an attack on Glasgow Airport wants to give some of the money donated to him to charity.
    John Smeaton helped a police officer restrain the suspect after a Jeep crashed into the terminal building.

    A tribute website collected cash to buy him 1,400 pints.

    He wants half the cash to be given to the veterans charity Erskine and the rest to fund a night out for those who were caught up in the attack.

    Mr Smeaton found worldwide fame after his eyewitness account of the attack on 30 June.

    He described how his first thought on being confronted by the two suspects in the burning vehicle was: "What's the score? I've got to get this sorted."

    Since then the website set up in his honour has been pledged 1,400 pints at £3 each as a reward for his actions.

    Care for veterans

    Mr Smeaton, from Renfrewshire, is to donate half the money raised in the online appeal to the veteran's charity Erskine, which cares for former servicemen and women at five homes throughout Scotland.

    He contacted the organisation explaining he wanted to help and is to give £2,100 to the good cause.

    Erskine's chief executive Colonel Martin Gibson said: "John Smeaton's courage reflects that of our veterans and the young men and women who are currently putting their lives on the line in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    "We are delighted that John has decided to donate this significant sum to Erskine, which will be used to enhance the care for veterans who have served their country from WWII right up to the present day."

    The remainder of the money raised will be used by Mr Smeaton to fund a night out for those who were present at the Glasgow Airport incident.
     
  2. I raise my glass to this fine gentleman!
     
  3. Seconded!
     
  4. HEY! GET HIM TO RUN FOR PARLIAMENT!!!
     
  5. What a gent. What was that earlier post about people not caring ??
     
  6. So £2100 is that in cash or 700 pints for ex squaddies :D As said what a nice man, everything counts its not the ammount its the appreciation. Good man.
     
  7. Top Guy
     
  8. She we arn't all tight as fcuk.

    Just some of us.
     
  9. I chipped in on that fund. On the one hand I'd like to say good on him.

    On the other, I'd like to say FFS! Am I actually going to have to go to Weegieland myself and and physically put a pint in hand? I mean, what's it going to take? :D
     
  10. What a thoroughly decent man.
     
  11. hope he still has a good night out
     
  12. What a bloke - donating to charity and plans to try and neck 700 pints (with pals)

    I think he is probably most popular man in Jockland at moment - even if he wasn't getting beers in.

    What's more - no stupid talk from Strathclyde police about "excessive force". Down to earth police in Glasgow - I bet he'd be facing charges in Metro"PC"Politan Force area.
     
  13. What a Top Bloke.

    So much for the mean Scotsman myth.

    Nice One Smeats.
     
  14. What a man. Double my contribution.




    Edit: That charity is as good a one as I can think of. Double your contribution.