Veterans Wishes Week

Erskine Veteran’s Wishes Week

1st – 8th June

Can you make a Veteran’s Wish come true?  By taking part in Erskine Veterans’ Wishes Week you are helping to fulfil the wishes of our veterans, enhancing their quality of life and the Care Erskine provides.

Erskine Veterans’ Wishes Week takes place each year during the 1st – 8th of June and focuses on both raising awareness of Erskine and bringing in much needed funds. By taking part in Erskine Veterans’ Wishes Week you are helping to fulfil the wishes of our veterans, enhancing their quality of life and the Care Erskine provides.

The wonderful thing about Erskine Veterans’ Wishes Week is that we encourage our supporters to do something themselves whether it’s simply give a donation, wear purple for a day or hold a coffee morning, the focus is on having fun while raising money for our veterans.

How to make wishes come true…

In order to continue delivering the high quality of care and grant wishes we must raise vital funds. To support us you can help in a variety of ways…

  • Plan a Purple Day in school/work place/street party!
  • Organise an entertainment evening. Music, food, dancing and raffles galore!
  • Turn you work space purple and bring home baking to sell – yum!
  • Get sponsored and get fit wearing purple.
  • Hold a collection in your local area (for support, call – we can help!)
  • Volunteer – we may have opportunities for you to help at one of our events.
Get in touch with our Fundraising department and tell us what you are planning! Email fundraising@erskine.org.uk or call 0141 814 4555.
Or text “Wish” to 70660 to donate £5

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Park Residents take a trip on a Barge

Thanks to donations, residents at The Erskine Park Home enjoyed two fantastic water adventures recently. RAF veteran Magnus McIntosh, and his wife Betty, enjoyed sailing through Kirkintilloch together on the Seagull Trust Barge for their wedding anniversary. And Jessie Adams, Margaret Hamill and Irene Holley were among  residents on a trip down the Forth and Clyde Canal, which ended in a ride on one of Scotland’s most loved tourist attractions, The Falkirk Wheel.

 

Sweethearts Elizabeth and John Glacken enjoy a day at the Kelpies

Thanks to donations, residents at Erskine Edinburgh Elizabeth and John were able celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with a visit to the Kelpies. John moved to Erskine last year when he began to show signs of Alzheimers. Army Veteran Elizabeth had initially cared for him at home, which eventually became too much. She joined him a few months later and they both live together at our Edinburgh Home. Elizabeth had this to say about their day out, “Thank you! It was a wonderful day spent with our friends from the Edinburgh Home and something that I never thought we would be able to see together. It was a wish come true”.

Read more about Elizabeth’s Story 

 Royal Navy Veteran takes a trip. . .

Transport enthusiast Jackie Esdale fulfilled his wish of attending the transport museum, accompanied by his fellow residents Charlie McSkimming and Pamela Rowland.

“It was one of the best days out I’ve ever had”

 

 David enjoys the freedom of cycling…

Thanks to donations, Erskine was able to purchase specially adapted bikes which has allowed residents including David the ability to enjoy cycling once again.

“Being able to cycle again has meant the world to me”

Bill Campbell sails the open water…

As a young man Bill Campbell travelled all over the world with the Merchant Navy during his National Service. Thanks to Veterans Wishes Week, he was delighted that he was able to set sail once again and it brought back many great memories.

“The chance to steer a boat on the open water was a dream come true”

Wishes still to grant…

We still have many wishes we’d love to grant for our veterans. Can you help?

  • Charles McSkimming would like a trip to Saltcoats for a fish supper 
  • William Gibson would like a trip on a barge down the Forth and Clyde Canal
  • Mary Ferguson would like to go to Stirling Castle
  • Bill Campbell would like to visit the Naval Base
  • John MacLaurin would like a trip on a sea plane
  • Mary Wilson would like to see a display of Birds of Prey
  • Hilda Climie would like a trip to Deep Sea World
  • Ian Dalgleish would like to visit Butterfly World