The Veterans’ charity Erskine has proudly recognised staff and volunteers at the annual President’s Awards ceremony in the splendour of Mar Hall, Bishopton.

Presented by Erskine’s President, The Right Honourable Lord Provost of Glasgow Eva Bolander, the Awards acknowledge and reward staff and volunteers who make a difference to the lives of those they work/volunteer with be it residents, families or their peers.

Photo: John Paterson  Photo Credit: Jamie Williamson

Individual and team award categories included: Creativity and Innovation, Extra Mile, Leading by Example, People’s Award and Volunteers. The standard of nominations received was exceptional and the final winners thoroughly deserving of their awards. No more so than the recipient of The 2018 President’s Award for Volunteers

Presented to a stalwart member of our dedicated army of volunteers, Paisley born, 78 year old, John Paterson, received his award for outstanding help and support to the benefit of Erskine for the past 50 plus years.

Starting his volunteering role in his 20’s, in the era of the Nightingale wards of the Princess Louise Hospital for Limbless Soldiers and Sailors, John has offered unparalleled support and friendship to a great number of residents over the years and continues to do so today. In addition, from gardening to can collecting there is nothing John can’t turn his hand to even poetry. One of John’s memorable moments was at the 2017 inaugural Volunteers’ Summer Gathering at the City Chambers when he addressed his fellow volunteers with a heartfelt poem entitled
“Crabbit Old Woman” by Phyllis McCormack

Photo: John Paterson and Eva Bolander

John is a modest man who is quick to tell you: “I have made some real friends over the years and I have no intention of stopping! I am honoured to have been able to listen to the stories of so many wonderful Veterans over the years from the Boer War to Veterans of more recent conflicts such as the Falklands.
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If it hadn’t been for these men what kind of upbringing would I have had?”

Chief Executive Ian Cumming MBE said: “It is dedicated, devoted people like John, who willingly give their time and skills to our Veterans that make Erskine the exceptionally wonderful caring place it is today. All our President’s Award winners are to be commended for going that extra mile for those who have sacrificed so much”.