Erskine Seafaring Veterans receive Generous Grant

The Veterans’ charity Erskine has received a generous grant of £40,000 from The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and its funding partner, the Greenwich Hospital.  The grant supports the continued provision of expert care and compassion to seafaring residents living in The Erskine Home, Bishopton.

For almost ten years Erskine has been the beneficiary of welcomed annual support from The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.  As well as improving the quality of life, Erskine Veterans benefit from enhanced on-site care services such as physiotherapy, speech and language therapy and the specialised support of not only a Dementia Nurse Consultant but an Advanced Nurse Practitioner.  Access to consultants such as these is especially important for those living with complex medical needs.

Veterans also benefit from a huge programme of social and recreational activities which include, amongst other things, the granting of Veterans’ wishes.  Recently Veteran Royal Navy pilot David Whittick, had his wish to sit in an aeroplane again granted when he spent time in the cockpit of a modern Embraer Phenom 300 Jet. David, who was a Royal Navy WW2 pilot, was thrilled with the experience saying: “It was a wonderful day”.

Erskine Chief Executive Ian Cumming: “Erskine is proud to have the privilege of providing residential, nursing, dementia and respite care for our Royal Navy and Royal Marines Veterans. Our generous supporters play a significant role in Erskine’s vision of a Scotland in which all Veterans and their families are valued and respected, and where high quality care and support enable them to maximise their potential and quality of life. Our Royal Navy and Royal Marine Veterans in The Erskine Home all showed great bravery and courage in their service, and we are truly grateful for The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and Greenwich Hospital’s long-term commitment to helping Erskine provide the leading care that they deserve.”

RN & RMC Director of Relationships and Funding, Mandy Lindley: “The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity’s vision is a world in which sailors and marines are supported for life. The work of Erskine is helping us achieve this by ensuring that those who have served their country are not left behind in old age. We are very pleased to continue supporting Erskine, allowing them to provide vital care for our Naval Veterans in Scotland.”

 

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