A Cowdenbeath former RAF technician turned author is raising funds for veterans from his latest book.

Brian Taylor put pen to paper after being inspired by his daughters to write his second children’s book and all profits from the sale of his newly published book – Scrambled with Care – will go towards the care of fellow veterans at the Erskine charity.

Brian age 54, who group up in Cowdenbeath, joined the RAF in 1989 serving for 22 years as an Aircraft Weapons Technician.

During his time at RAF Leuchars Air Base he became heavily involved in charity fundraising and to date has raised over £90,000 for many different causes.

The seed was first sown to write a children’s book many years ago when Brian got bored reading the same bedtime stories to his children, Sara and Briony when they were wee, and so began making up imaginative stories of adventure and friendship.

This resulted in Queenie, a story about two girls, named after his daughters. They are catapulted back in time to meet Nicholas and Millie, as they investigate the mystery of show jumping horse Queenie.

The book raised over £2,500 for Children’s Cancer Charity Toby’s Magical Journey and Brian already had the sequel in mind.

Scrambled with Care is a more emotive read and features Sara and Briony ten years later where they are reunited with Nicholas and Millie during World War II. Nicholas is now a Battle of Britain pilot and Millie a nurse.

Brian, who has worked for TechnipFMC in Dunfermline since 2011, said: "The stories were originally for my kids but for years I try to get a charity to take it up so they could fundraise from the book.

"But it was an expensive thing for charities to do I didn't get very far.

"However, my work have a fund that staff contribute and our employer matches and that ended up paying for the cost of producing my first book last year.

"To date it's raised £2,500 so they did the same for the second and so far we far we've raised over £3,000 for Erskine for the sales.

"I'm passionate about fundraising and it is a nice hobby to have!"

The book was designed by Brian's colleague at TechnipFMC Sarah Murray too.

Along with his wife's cousin, Marie Sheriff, a local travel agency owner, they have been finding ways to get local businesses and individuals to buy books to donate to schools in the area. Please get in touch below if you would like to help.

Erskine Chief Executive Wing Commander Ian Cumming MBE (Rtd) said: “We are extremely grateful to Brian for his most generous support especially this year which has proved particularly challenging for our Veteran family.

"It’s incredibly impressive how much money Brian has raised over the years for charity. It’s clear to see giving something back to fellow Veterans means a lot to Brian, as it does to me, and I agree with him about the debt of gratitude we owe to everyone who served during both World Wars and subsequent conflicts.

"Scrambled with Care gives touching and realistic insights into life during the Second World War and life and care at Erskine. We look forward to it being a sell out and wish him every success with future books.”

You can purchase the book for £5: https://briantaylorauthor.wixsite.com/mysite/copy-of-books or https://www.facebook.com/1966BT/ or email brian.taylor1966@gmail.com. Contribute to school donations at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/brian-taylor1916