Hero Scots soldier took his own life after dad and two pals died by suicide

The heartbroken brother of a soldier who died by suicide has raised thousands of pounds for charity in his memory.

Sergeant Gordon Adam, serving with The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, died aged 35 in 2019. His determined brother Struan, along with four of Gordon’s friends from the regiment, have now tackled the West Highland Way in just three days.

Struan and Gordon had completed the West Highland Way together back in 2005 and, as reported by Glasgow Live, the pair often said they would take on the ‘return journey’ and complete the route in the opposite direction.

The team have raised thousands for charity
The team have raised thousands for charity -Credit:Samaritans

Gordon, from Glasgow, had also been planning to run a marathon to fundraise for Samaritans after attending three funerals due to suicide. One was his own father who died when Gordon was just six, and most recently, another close Army colleague who had ended his life only a few weeks previously.

Struan, 41, said: “Gordon was always fun to be around and really was the life and soul of the party. As well as being a brilliant brother, husband, son, solider and boxer, Gordon’s first love was being a dad and he was a wonderful father to daughter Leah, stepson Reece and two young sons, Chase and Zane.

“He would have loved celebrating his 40th birthday and it should have been a happy time for us as a family. But with the fifth anniversary of his death being next month as well, it had the potential to be a really traumatic time for us.

“For Gordon’s birthday, I wanted to find a way to celebrate Gordon's life and create something positive out of this tragedy. The idea to walk the West Highland Way with some of Gordon’s friends really stemmed from that, and to have now raised such an incredible sum is a fantastic bonus.”

Struan walked the route from Fort William to Milngavie with Sergeant John McGoochan, Captain Frankie Kyle, Captain Topper Harley and Captain Scott Robinson. The group set off on Sunday, June 2, and completed the challenge on Tuesday, June 4, on Gordon’s birthday. Poignantly, the first stop on their last day was Balmaha, where Gordon’s ashes were spread.

Struan, 41, said: “Gordon was always fun to be around and really was the life and soul of the party. As well as being a brilliant brother, husband, son, solider and boxer, Gordon’s first love was being a dad and he was a wonderful father to daughter Leah, stepson Reece and two young sons, Chase and Zane.

“He would have loved celebrating his 40th birthday and it should have been a happy time for us as a family. But with the fifth anniversary of his death being next month as well, it had the potential to be a really traumatic time for us. For Gordon’s birthday, I wanted to find a way to celebrate Gordon's life and create something positive out of this tragedy. The idea to walk the West Highland Way with some of Gordon’s friends really stemmed from that, and to have now raised such an incredible sum is a fantastic bonus.”

Struan walked the route from Fort William to Milngavie with Sergeant John McGoochan, Captain Frankie Kyle, Captain Topper Harley and Captain Scott Robinson. The group set off on Sunday, June 2, and completed the challenge on Tuesday, June 4, on Gordon’s birthday. Poignantly, the first stop on their last day was Balmaha, where Gordon’s ashes were spread.

Struan added: “It gives me some comfort to know that over £10,000 has been donated and this will give better outcomes to so many. I am immensely proud of Struan for coming up with this fundraising challenge and for pushing himself beyond his limits to achieve it for Gordon's sake. And proud of all my family for coming together to support him throughout and do their bit too.”

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