Erskine has been charity partner of the Ideal Home Show Scotland for six years with this years’ show garden ‘Under the White Cross’* celebrating the beginnings of Erskine Hospital. (*The motto of the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps.)
The nursing themed garden celebrates and recognises the vital work of Erskine, and their response to meeting the needs of amputees returning home from the battlefields of WW1.
Erskine, then known as the Princess Louise Scottish Hospital for Limbless Sailors and Soldiers, first opened its doors in October 1916. Located in Erskine House, Renfrewshire (now Mar Hall Hotel) and surrounded by landscaped gardens, the hospital included wards; an operating theatre and recreation areas. In 1917 the hospital officially opened as did workshops for the manufacture of limbs for patients.
By the end of the First World War over 3,450 men had been admitted with 2,697 wounded ex-servicemen fitted with artificial limbs.
The Ideal Home Show Garden 2018 was inspired by the original Hospital and features the Nightingale Ward and landscaped gardens of Erskine House. Returning in 2018 as part of this feature is the Erskine Plant Market, filled with a selection of colourful hanging baskets, plants and shrubbery to purchase with all proceeds supporting Erskine veterans.
The garden was designed by Erskine Events Project Officer, Jennifer Campbell. She said: “Over the past five years, the Erskine garden has taken us on a journey through the lives of those who have fought and served during war and conflict for our country. In 2018, Erskine will take you back to the height of the First World War, when a hospital was set up to care for Scotland’s injured and limbless soldiers returning from the frontline.”
“Being charity partner at the Ideal Home Show is a wonderful opportunity and we are very grateful for the support of Media10 for inviting us. This event would not be possible without the support of our many wonderful volunteers! We are grateful to everyone who comes along over the four day event to help us collect vital funds and raise awareness for Erskine.” said Jennifer.
SP Energy Networks have supported the construction of the Garden for the past five years. David Guthrie, District General Manager from SP Energy Networks said: It is a privilege to be supporting Erskine again this year. Through our Community Volunteering Programme our Apprentices have had the opportunity to help transform an empty exhibition space into a stunning display depicting the history and work of this magnificent charity, helping highlight the work they do and in turn raising vital funding. This year’s team are really excited by the project showing yet another dimension to Erskine’s history”.
The Ideal Home Show is a four day event opening on Thursday (31st May) at the SEC in Glasgow. If you would like to volunteer for Erskine at the show then please give the Fundraising Team a call on 0141 814 4555.