American Friends

The American Friends of Erskine Hospital is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization. It’s run by a group of US citizen volunteers who are keen to show their support for Scottish Veterans.

The American Friends of Erskine Hospital Inc was established in 2003 as a United States not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization. It’s run by a group of US citizen volunteers who are proud of Scotland’s military heritage and keen to show their support for Scottish Veterans.

Each year Erskine needs to raise $11 million to care for the brave men and women who depend on our services. The Board of the American Friends has unanimously agreed to support the costs of providing Erskine care.

Supporting Veterans in Scotland

The American Friends of Erskine have supported two very exciting projects at Erskine.  In 2015 a grant of $4,700 funded the inaugural Sporting Senior Games.  This one day sporting event saw 68 elderly veterans compete in a range of adapted sports such as basketball, bowls and cycling.  Increased physical activity is vital for our older veterans, helping to maintain fitness, mobility and stability.  The event was so popular that Erskine now run it annually.  This would not have been possible without the initial support from The American Friends of Erskine.

In 2016 a grant of $70,000 allowed Erskine to purchase a 16-seat multi-purpose bus to take veterans on outings.  The bus has lots of adaptations to make it suitable for Erskine veterans, including; brightly colored hand rails which are easier for ageing eyes to see; vinyl seating to improve hygiene; a wider step to improve safety when entering or exiting the bus.  The biggest adaption is the bespoke tail lift, which has been specifically designed suit our needs.  These changes ensure that every single veteran living at Erskine is able to access the bus.  The delivery of a meaningful activities programme is of the utmost important to Erskine veterans, and this simply would not be possible without appropriate vehicles.  The provision of a bus by the American Friends of Erskine has been invaluable.

What your donations can buy

The American Friends of Erskine are currently focussing their fundraising efforts on securing the $70,000 needed to purchase another multi-purpose bus which will be used to take veterans at Erskine on a wide range of day trips and outings.

If you would prefer your support to be used for another purpose, we would be only too happy to accommodate this.

$25 can help purchase step stools used in physiotherapy
$500 can help purchase an infra red lamp for physiotherapy
$2,000 can help purchase hydraulic beds

Make a tax-deductible gift

To give a gift, please send a check to:

American Friends of Erskine Hospital
c/o Chapel & York Limited
1000 N. West Street, Ste 1200,
Wilmington,
DE 19801

Contributions are fully deductible for American tax-payers and will be acknowledged with a tax receipt.

Bequests and planned giving

Bequests have always been very important to Erskine. By making such a special gift to the American Friends you can help us care for Scotland’s Veterans for years to come. You can also reduce the estate and other taxes which might become due after your death.

Your choice of how to benefit the American Friends of Erskine Hospital, and the estate and income tax implications of that gift, will depend upon your personal circumstances. You should discuss this with your attorney or estate-planning advisor.

Fundraising

If you’re interested in organizing your own fundraising event in support of the American Friends of Erskine Hospital, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please email fundraising@erskine.org.uk and we’ll be happy to provide information and support.

Contact information

American Friends of Erskine Hospital
c/o Chapel & York Limited
1000 N. West Street, Ste 1200
Wilmington, DE 19801
Telephone: (302) 295-4959

American Friends of Erskine is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Donations to it are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

EIN: 43-2073565

Scottish Administrative Office

The Erskine Home
Bishopton
PA7 5PU
Scotland
T: +44 141 814 4716
Email: fundraising@erskine.org.uk