Erskine Homes offer care to veterans with a broad range of complex care needs, including those living with a physical disability and those with neuro-degenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and all forms of dementia. RNRMC funding is designed to support a package of additional services to supplement care and improve the quality of life for all ex-Naval Service residents. These services include physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, exercise classes and regular recreational outings for a total of 136 Naval Service veterans in 2018.
Our funding also contributes towards Erskine’s ‘Veterans Wishes’ campaign which aims to make the often long-held dreams of residents come true. Erskine Veteran Robert Johnston (96) still remembers vividly the part he played, as a gunner on HMS SCYLLA, in the landing operations of the Allied invasion of Normandy on 6 June 1944 – D Day. If that event 75 years ago was the worst day of his life, then he has no hesitation in describing the day he was taken to the Ibrox Stadium to meet footballing legend and Manager Steven Gerrard and Rangers’ first team as, “the best day of my life!” Other wishes granted include the opportunity for ex-Navy residents Bill Campbell to drive a ship again and the opportunity for Jackie Esdale to fulfil a childhood ambition to visit the London Transport Museum.
Lauren Lovatt, Trust Fundraising Manager at Erskine, said: “Without the support of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity we simply could not continue to provide such high quality care services, specialist support or once in a lifetime opportunities for our remarkable residents.”