A message from our Chief Executive

As a valued supporter of Erskine I wanted to assure you of the actions we are taking during the Coronavirus pandemic.  Our number one priority is and always will be the safety and well-being of those we care for.  We continue to monitor and action daily advice from the Scottish Government, the NHS and the World Health Organisation.  We are extremely proud of the courage and dedication we see daily from our staff and residents.

I’d like to introduce you to one of these splendid residents at Erskine – Flight Lieutenant John Haswell Young, ‘Hasie’ as he’s fondly known to all, who will be 105 this year.

Hasie was born in Beith, Ayrshire, back in 1915 – incredibly, before Erskine existed!  That makes him older than the Royal Air Force which he subsequently joined and served in throughout WWII.  Stationed in England and later India, Hasie considers himself lucky to have survived some very dangerous situations.  I must add he includes Mess Parties in there so you know he’s seen stuff!

We are extremely luck to know Hasie and honoured to have him living with us at Erskine.  I chat to him regularly as he takes a stroll round the Home and estate searching for a sunny spot to watch the world go by.  He is currently in robust health, he really loves his food, is sharp as a tack and utterly charming.

Hasie Young is one of those ‘older people’ the Government advise are most vulnerable to COVID-19, as are his brothers-and-sisters-in-arms.  They deserve protection and respect from the country which they each in different ways helped build, defend and repair. With your continued support during these challenging times Erskine will do everything we can to ensure our Veterans live the long, happy and healthy lives we believe they deserve.

Wishing you and your family all the very best. Keep safe and well.

Yours sincerely,

Ian Cumming MBE
CEO, Erskine