ELECTED parliamentarians scaled a summit in the Ochils as part of the Poppy Scotland 1918 Pledge.

MP Luke Graham joined MSPs Alexander Stewart and Liz Smith in ascending to the top of Craighorn recently.

The Conservative trio also raised £1,918 for the charity, to be presented in Madderty later this month.

Mr Graham said: “The Great War touched so many in our constituency, as you can see captured on the memorials in our towns and villages.

“Yesterday’s climb was a chance to remember all those who have given their lives for our country and raise money for this exceptional cause.”

The fundraising initiative came with the 100th anniversary of the World War One Armistice just around the corner.

Mr Stewart said: “It was a great privilege to climb Craighorn to help Liz Smith fulfil our collective pledge of raising £1,918 for Poppy Scotland, in recognition of the centenary of the signing of the Armistice100 years ago.

“There was scarcely a single person unaffected by the Great War and it is only right that we pay tribute and remember not only the many who fought and died in this awful conflict but to their families and loved ones.

“Their memory shall not grow old.”

Ms Smith added: “Poppy Scotland, as always, inspires members of the public to be supportive of a cause that is close to everyone’s hearts.

“No family was left untouched by the Great War and this is just one small way of helping Poppy Scotland to commemorate all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and support their families.”