As part of our close relationship with Erskine, we are pleased to award a £150,000 grant towards the charity’s care for elderly Army veterans.

A cornerstone of our activity is ensuring that elderly veterans and their families have the care they need, long after service has ended. As well as providing individual grants to elderly veterans in need, we also provide substantial support to leading care homes, such as Erskine, which is the only charity in Scotland delivering care services exclusively to veterans and their spouses.

Bill Haynes Erskine Home Senior Sporting Games
Photograph © Jamie Williamson

Our donation will be used to meet the costs of delivering expert long-term care to 75 Army beneficiaries living in The Erskine Bishopton Home. The home provides veterans with a wide range of medical and nursing care services, including for dementia, palliative treatment, physiotherapy and speech therapy — the average age of residents is 85.

Ian Cumming, Chief Executive, Erskine, said:

I would like to personally thank the trustees of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity for their latest tremendous grant and for choosing to regularly support Erskine’s Army veterans over so many years as our range of care and support services has developed and grown.

While it is still a challenging time for our staff as we continue to ensure the safety of our residents from COVID-19, we are delighted that our homes are returning to a more normal and vibrant care home environment. This grant will assist Erskine to provide our unique blend of enhanced care services and support each Army beneficiary to enjoy the excellent quality of life and high level of wellbeing that every one of them truly deserves.

Erskine is hugely proud to care for Scotland’s Army veterans and their spouses and we will keep doing so thanks to the outstanding generosity of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity – thank you all again!

Brigadier (Ret’d) Peter Monteith, Chief of Staff at ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, added:

We are proud to support Erskine’s high quality and compassionate care services, especially during the past two years when financial costs have increased due to the impact of the Covid pandemic. We are committed to helping all elderly veterans enjoy peace, comfort and dignity in their final years.”

To find out more about Erskine, visit their website here.

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