Erskine is indebted to every supporter who raises vital funds for those in its care, as Veteran John Thomson, from Livingston, did. This week John presented a cheque for over £5000 to the charity at its Edinburgh Home in Gilmerton.
In November, John (77), who served with Royal Signals TA, RHF and the Army Cadet Force, started at his home and walked to and from the Scottish War Blinded Linburn Centre in Wilkieston. The 15 mile walk, took John five hours with his brother Pat (75), who walked with him for safety and support.
A long-time member of the Livingston branch of Legion Scotland, John has been raising funds for charity for over 47 years. This year Erskine is the delighted recipient of John’s sterling efforts.
Receiving the cheque on behalf of Erskine, Community Fundraising Manager Karen MacAulay said: “We would like to thank John and Pat for undertaking this challenging walk for Erskine. Unwavering support such as this helps us to keep our Veterans and their spouses safe, happy and well. It is very much appreciated by everyone here at Erskine.”
John said: “The Veterans’ charities have suffered this year and I wanted to make sure I did my bit to make it easier for them. We started at the crack of dawn and the aim was to raise £5,000 and we did so I am happy with that. Now a rest until I start back fundraising again next year.”
If you would like to support our Veterans visit our website at www.erskine.org.uk/donate