Veterans’ charity Erskine was delighted to meet residents of the Borders town of Melrose to say a heartfelt thank you for their support of Veterans and spouses, cared for within the charity’s four homes.
Over 40 Erskine supporters were welcomed to the ‘Meet Erskine’ event which was generously hosted by Councillor David Parker and the Scottish Borders Council in the Council’s HQ at Newtown St Boswell.
Guests attending heard from: Erskine Edinburgh Home Manager Alison Payne who spoke passionately about the importance of making residents feel at home; Community Fundraiser Jim Watret told of his role in the community, raising awareness of the work Erskine has been doing for over 100 years; Legacy Officer Sarah Morgan explained how important a part legacies had to play in raising the £10 million required annually to pay for expert staff, training, tranquil environments and meaningful activities – all of which add up to the high standard of care synonymous with the name Erskine. Finally Erskine Chief Executive Officer Ian Cumming shared Erskine’s future plans and how he sees the charity growing and changing to meet the current needs of the Veterans supported by Erskine.
During the afternoon tea that followed Erskine staff joined the people of Melrose, and surrounding areas, not just to chat and answer questions, but to thank them personally for their unwavering support of our ex-service personnel.
Chief Executive Ian said: “Erskine greatly appreciates the generosity and kindness of all our supporters. This event gave us the opportunity to thank the people of Melrose personally. The wonderful work Erskine does and has been doing for over a century is made possible by the dedicated support of so many people. We will never be able to thank you enough for what you make possible for the residents of Erskine and on their behalf we salute you”.