Veterans

Scottish Veteran Care Home Gets Into The Christmas Spirit

Erskine, Scotland’s largest care home for military veterans, switched on the lights on its 'Tree of Honour' during a ceremony last night.

Erskine, Scotland’s largest care home for military veterans, switched on its Christmas lights during a ceremony last night.

The Royal Regiment of Scotland’s Mascot Corporal Crucahan IV was there to mark the occasion, and the pupils of Bargarran Primary added their own festive touch, singing some Christmas favourites.

99-year-old resident Isobel Kirkwood took centre stage, switching on the lights of their 'Tree of Honour'. “It was very nice of them to choose me to do that," she said.

“It wasn’t very difficult!”

The Kilbarchan Pipe Band led the procession through the grounds of the home.

Tribute stars were used to decorate the tree, giving loved ones the chance to leave their own tribute to those who have served and who are no longer with us.

Erskine tribute stars
The charity receives a donation from each of the stars, helping to raise the funds necessary to continue their work in supporting veterans after their service.

Ian Cumming, the CEO of Erskine, said: “We as a charity spend some £10 million a year to cover the cost of the expert care that we deliver to our veterans.

“We think they deserve it and we’re delighted that people are prepared to support us in this way.”

It is hoped that the donations to the 'Tree of Honour' will help raise more vital funds to allow Erskine to care for many more veterans in years to come.