Paisley Daily Express
Join our veterans as they get ready to March for Erskine
Erskine has launched its first walking challenge to raise vital funds for the nation’s veterans.
The veterans’ charity, based in Renfrewshire, is urging supporters to dig out their trainers and boots and get sponsored to complete March for Erskine throughout June, culminating in Armed Forces Day on June 26.
The money raised will help transform the lives of the Veterans and families in the charity’s care.
There are four tests to choose from: March for Alex 3k, March for Chic 5k or March for Jim 10k.
The challenges have been named in honour of Erskine Veterans Alex Bremner, Chic Connor and Jim McColl, as well as the charity’s mascot, Arasgain.
Alex, 85, enlisted in the RAF in 1956 and served as a Leading Aircraftman before joining Erskine in 2019. He said: “It is like a hotel and my family are delighted as they know I am safe, cared for and happy here.”
Chic, 83, enlisted in the Army aged 18 and served in the Highland Light Infantry before joining Erskine in 2019, with his wife Nancy.
Meanwhile, Jim, 86, enlisted in the RAF and served as a Pilot Officer before joining Erskine in 2020.
But he joked that his friend’s may see the funny side of him being recognised by the charity. He said: “I find it funny, my mates would have a laugh at a race being named after me as golf was more my sport.”
Each year, Erskine provides crucial support to nearly 1,000 ex-servicemen and women. However, it must raise around £10 million every year in order to maintain this level of care and compassion.
Veterans living in Scotland can receive support across the charity’s network of four care homes and Veterans Village – made up of 44 cottages, an Activity Centre, five -assisted living apartments, and 24 Transitional Supported Accommodation Apartments.
Sara Bannerman, head of fundraising at Erskine, said: “By taking part in March for Erskine, our supporters will be helping to provide the standard of care that our Veterans so richly deserve.
“March for Erskine is the perfect opportunity to get outdoors or take part virtually. Quick march, slow march or half step, run, skip or hop - be as creative as you like.”
To sign up, visit: www.justgiving.com/ campaign/ErskineMarch. You can support Erskine here: https://www.erskine.org. uk/support-our-work/donate/