Jen Abbott

“The benefits are huge, you meet a variety of people and form so many friendships”

 

For over a decade, The Erskine Nairn Committee have done a wonderful job raising vital funds and awareness for our veterans throughout their community.  Their incredible efforts have raised in excess of £40,000. Jen Abbott, the leader of the group, spoke to us about volunteering.

 

What brought you to Erskine to volunteer?

I came to Erskine via Red Cross, where I was a nurse tutor before retiring.  I was born into the Army, my dad was a soldier, much to his displeasure I married into the Royal Air Force.  Pete served for 42 years, including on the Nimrods at RAF Kinloss before its closure.

 

What tasks do you take part in?

We have a small active committee to fundraise for Erskine.  We’ve hosted a number of golf days, bag packs, and collections at local events.  Tapping into our group of friends, colleagues and networks is also very helpful.  Schools and churches have invited us along to give talks about Erskine’s work.  The Nairn Legion Scotland Branch kindly hosted their annual duck race in aid of Erskine.  Donations for auction and raffle prizes from local businesses show just how generous the community is.

 

What is your favourite thing about volunteering at Erskine and why?

Knowing we can help the service people we owe so much to.  The benefits are huge, you meet a variety of people and form so many friendships.

 

What would you say to someone who is thinking about volunteering at Erskine?

I would say do it – give something back to the people who have served our country.

 

What advice would you give to a new volunteer group?

Start a group, be patient and don’t give up.  The biggest challenge is the number of other charities all asking for money.  When the committee started, we were given a lot of help and encouragement from Erskine.  We quickly formed a small group and our confidence grew.  Erskine really look after their volunteers.  We received a 100 Heroes for 100 Years Medal during Erskine’s Centenary year for our loyalty to the charity.

 

Without supporters like the Nairn Erskine Committee, we would not be able to continue to care for over 800 veterans and their spouses each year in our four care homes.If you’d like to hear more about volunteering for Erskine, individually, or as a group, please contact us on 0141 814 4555 or at fundraising@erskine.org.uk