Purchase of Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle thanks to Generous Grant
In October 2020, Erskine, Scotland’s largest Veteran’s charity, received a generous grant of £25,000 from the Officers Association Scotland.
The grant was awarded for the purchase of a wheelchair accessible, Covid-19 compliant, Volkswagen Caddy for use by Erskine care home residents.
Fast forward to April 2021 and the specially adapted Caddy is on the road. The benefits the new vehicle brings to Veterans with the continued delivery of a number of key services is immeasurable.
The much loved regular outings to a wide variety of places of interest, when it is safe to do so once more; transportation to and from hospital/clinical appointments; operation of our family and friends pick-up and drop-off visiting scheme; transportation of respite residents from and to their own homes upon admission to Erskine and discharge; and collection of residents’ prescriptions, hearing aid drop-off are but a few ways in which the new vehicle will be used.
This provision of adapted, fully accessible resident transport will ensure all residents, regardless of ability, can participate in offsite activities of benefit to their overall wellbeing.
Commenting on the donation, Erskine Chief Executive, Ian Cumming, said: “Erskine is renowned for the provision of sector leading care services for elderly Veterans and their spouses, but we can only achieve this through the generosity and commitment of our donors. We are therefore extremely grateful to the Trustees of Officers Association Scotland for this substantial grant and their wonderful support of our care home residents. The availability of this new, specially adapted Caddy will enable the ongoing delivery of our vital resident transport service and ensure our Veterans’ safety and comfort when travelling to places of meaning and interest, attending hospital appointments and more. I send our heartfelt thanks to everyone at Officers Association Scotland for their kind and much appreciated donation.”