Published: 26/10/2016 09:00 - Updated: 26/10/2016 11:46

Erskine

ErskineTo honour the ones who didn't come home, help Erskine care for the ones who did.

Erskine is Scotland's foremost provider of care for veterans. First founded in 1916 as a care facility for limbless WWI veterans, the charity holds close links to the north of Scotland, with a Peterhead veteran being our second ever admission.

Today, we have four specialist care homes in Scotland, providing unrivalled nursing, residential, respite and dementia care for veterans and their spouses.

Erskine cares for over 1,000 residents each year, providing veterans with the companionship of like-minded people and a person-centred care programme tailored to individual needs.

ErskineJimmy (right), 91, originally from Orkney, has enjoyed life at Erskine since 2013:

"I could have walked out of my house and never gone back again – that is how I felt. Erskine is my home now and I enjoy making friends with all the other veterans. I get involved in as many activities as I can; why come here and sit in your room?"

Our recreation facilities provide veterans with a full programme of social activities, entertainment and organised day trips, which are hugely beneficial to overall health and well-being. Our recreation team work hard to fulfil veterans' special wishes, such as trips to the seaside or enjoying afternoon tea.

Cottages for veterans and their families are also a feature of the Erskine estate. They offer younger veterans the opportunity for more independence, within the peaceful surroundings of our grounds.

Our service personnel display the highest levels of courage throughout the world and it is only right that Erskine is there for them should they need support in the future. After 100 years of serving our country's veterans, Erskine needs your help more than ever.

Each year we must raise almost £9 million to go towards treating the increasing needs of ageing veterans. This includes the cost of nursing care, physiotherapy, mobility equipment, treatment mattresses and a host of other vital equipment and services.

To get involved locally with fundraising or volunteering, please contact Michael, Erskine's community fundraiser for the north.

Tel: 07811326206

Email: Michael.parkes@erskine.org.uk

Scottish Charity No: SC006609

Links

Facebook – www.facebook.com/ProudtoCare

Twitter – @Erskine1916

To donate – www.erskine.org.uk/support-our-work/donate

To volunteer – www.erskine.org.uk/support-our-work/volunteering

To fundraise – www.erskine.org.uk/support-our-work/fundraise-for-us

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