Have a ball to help vet­er­ans take a break

Ersk­ine mil­i­tary gala tick­ets will fund re­treat

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - Chris Tay­lor

Vet­er­ans are be­ing sent on hol­i­day to a High­land re­treat by a lead­ing char­ity.

Ersk­ine will book an overnight stay for ser­vice­men and women ev­ery time an early bird ta­ble is sold for its mil­i­tary ball.

It wants fam­i­lies to en­joy time to­gether at the lux­ury get­away on the banks of Loch Ness.

Ex- army man Bill McMa­hon suf­fers from Parkinson’s dis­ease and vis­ited The High­land Club on the banks of Loch Ness with wife Agnes.

She said: “We didn’t feel we would be able to en­joy hol­i­days again un­til we were given this amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity of a de­light­ful and re­lax­ing break.

“We had lots of fun us­ing all the on-site leisure ac­tiv­i­ties, but more im­por­tantly we were able to spend qual­ity, stress-free time to­gether as a fam­ily.

“The High­land Club was like a lit­tle bit of heaven.”

Bill and Agnes live in an Ersk­ine cot­tage.

He was med­i­cally dis­charged in 1989 and has re­cently been di­ag­nosed with his ill­ness.

Bill can no longer fly to ex­otic des­ti­na­tions as walk­ing through air­ports and wait­ing around de­par­ture lounges has be­come too stress­ful.

Sara Ban­ner­man, head of ex­ter­nal re­la­tions at Ersk­ine, says fam­i­lies like the for­mer squad­die will ben­e­fit from breaks.

She said: “This scheme is a per­fect ex­am­ple of how much they gen­uinely care for Ersk­ine vet­er­ans.

“The staff are a plea­sure to work with, whether it is spon­sor­ing events, pro­mot­ing the char­ity or pro­vid­ing hol­i­days.

“They put their heart and soul into en­sur­ing our vet­er­ans re­ceive the best pos­si­ble sup­port when they need it.”

The High­land Club spon­sors the char­ity’s flag­ship fundrais­ing event, the Ersk­ine Mil­i­tary Ball.

It has pledged their on­go­ing sup­port to bring more vet­er­ans liv­ing at Ersk­ine for a hol­i­day at Fort Au­gus­tus.

Pardeep Sandhu, head of phi­lan­thropy for the firm, says two more breaks have al­ready been con­firmed for the com­ing months.

He said: “We’re de­lighted to be able to sup­port such a won­der­ful char­ity.

“The work that Ersk­ine does in pro­vid­ing care for vet­er­ans is in­valu­able and we feel hon­oured to be a part of it.”

The Ersk­ine Mil­i­tary Ball takes place on Septem­ber 28 at The Hil­ton, Glas­gow, hosted by ac­tress and co­me­dian Elaine C Smith.

Tick­ets cost £1,000 per ta­ble of 10 or £100 per in­di­vid­ual ticket.

Those book­ing be­fore May 4 will help pay for vet­er­ans to stay at the re­sort.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call Ersk­ine on 0141 814 4555.

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