McGill’s, the west of Scotland’s leading bus operator, has marked Remembrance week by presenting a donation to veterans’ charity, Erskine.
At the charity’s Erskine Home, Bishopton, McGill’s owners Sandy and James Easdale handed over a cheque for £1,000 to Karen McAulay, Community Fundraising Manager and Jim Watret, Community Fundraiser at Erskine.
McGill’s Buses also showed the poppies currently displayed on 18 of its vehicles within its fleet.
Sandy Easdale, co-owner of McGill’s Buses, said: “The work of Erskine in caring for those who served their country is renowned and we’re pleased to be able to make a contribution to the charity. Their two homes at Bishopton are at the heart of the community McGill’s Buses serves and although this year’s Remembrance period will be different, we need to remember Erskine’s outstanding efforts require continued support.
“McGill’s also continues to offer all-year free travel to all serving Armed Forces personnel, demonstrating our gratitude for their service.”
Ian Cumming, CEO of Erskine, said: “At Erskine, in our Veterans Village, and indeed across all four of our care facilities – we will continue to wear that little red flower, The Poppy. Our Remembrance Services will honour the sacrifices of all who were lost or wounded, during wars of national survival in Europe, or subsequent military and peacekeeping operations around the world. We care for those who returned, to remember those who did not – with heartfelt hope of enduring peace and would like to thank everyone who continues to support our Veterans in this time of exceptional circumstance.”
James Easdale, co-owner of McGill’s Buses said: “Erskine is an institution that is admired throughout Scotland. Its staff, and families of residents at the home, are regulars on our bus services every day and we wanted to demonstrate our thanks – especially during the pandemic. We’re delighted that a poppy will be on some of our vehicles and we hope others will join with us in showing their appreciation to Erskine, particularly as we mark 75 years since the end of World War II.”
Founded in 1916, Erskine has provided nursing and medical care for members of the UK`s Armed Forces ever since. Erskine provides unrivalled support to veterans in Scotland, through four care homes and a Veterans Village, comprising of 44 cottages, an Activity Centre, five Assisted Living Apartments and 24 Single Living Apartments (currently under construction).