Make A Veteran’s Wish Come True

It’s never too late for a wish to come true!  That was certainly the case for residents at two Erskine Care Homes when they received a surprise with salt and vinegar added.

After reading a plea on Facebook from the veterans’ charity, McMonagle’s Boat Fish and Chip Shop in Clydebank kindly delivered fish suppers to The Erskine Home and Erskine Park in Bishopton. The shop’s owner, John McMonagle, felt it was the least he could do to support one of many veterans’ wishes that Erskine hopes to fulfil in 2017.

John said: “When my friend brought the wishes for a fish supper to my attention, there was no hesitation on my part – it had to be done.  It was an absolute pleasure and humbling experience meeting all the veterans.”

Not only did John personally deliver the delicious treats to the residents, but he also wrote a special message inside each box too.  The residents and staff were thrilled with this personal touch and John’s visit.

“I am always amazed by the generosity of our supporters” said Carol McPhail Activities Assistant at Erskine Park.  “Our fairy godfather John granted the wish of several of our residents for a fish supper.”

Erskine Park cares for veterans living with advanced levels of dementia, which can often affect someone’s appetite or eating habits.  The special delivery from the chippie brought more than one surprise for Erskine Park Home Manager Lesley Wylie: “Even residents who don’t perhaps have the best appetite ate a whole supper.  The smell of the food and crunch of the batter are very evocative and helped bring memories back.”

Every resident at Erskine’s four homes is encouraged to make a wish and add it to the Wishes Tree.  These can be days out or things that the veterans would like to see throughout the year.  Other wishes include a trip to the Riverside Museum, a visit to Millport or a day out fly fishing.

 

To help make these dreams reality, Erskine Veterans’ Wishes Week runs from 1st – 8th June.  Karen McBeath, Erskine’s Community Fundraising Manager looked forward to the campaign: “Every June, local groups and individuals around the country organise fundraising activities.  This year, Erskine Veterans’ Wishes Week also runs around the same time as Dementia Awareness Week.  Almost half of our residents live with dementia so it’s a really apt time to get involved.  No matter how large or small your fundraising events are, it helps Erskine to make a huge difference to the veterans and spouses in our care.”

“You may want to hold a Purple Day, including a bake sale at school or work, organise a local collection or bag pack or keep fit by doing a sponsored walk or cycle”, Karen added.  “At Erskine we need to raise almost £8.8 million each year to provide nursing, residential, respite and dementia care in our four homes.  Fulfilling veterans’ wishes is just one of the ways we help to enhance their quality of life and the care Erskine provides.”

For more information about Erskine Veterans’ Wishes Week on 1st – 8th June or to request a fundraising pack please contact the charity on 0141 814 4555 or e-mail fundraising@erskine.org.uk.  You can also visit our website at http://www.erskine.org.uk/wishes or text ‘Wish’ to 70660 to donate £5.

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