Scotland’s largest Veterans’ charity is appealing to the public to join their funding push to help them make wishes come true.

Erskine’s Wishes Campaign, as part of the charity’s Summer Appeal, will see funds raised go towards helping make Veterans’ realise their dreams. Everyone at Erskine has a wish, whether that’s going to a concert or a simple afternoon tea.

Backers of the charity have previously helped to provide essential care throughout the pandemic, and as the nation begins to emerge from lockdown, the Wishes Campaign provides the perfect opportunity to help Veterans return to a sense of normality and enjoy days out and trips that they have always wanted.

Just £10 could provide a long-awaited trip to the seaside, while £50 could give Veterans the opportunity to watch their favourite football team. A donation of £100 could provide a group of residents the chance to go for a meal at their favourite restaurant, and £500 would allow for a trip to Loch Lomond for a group of Veterans.

Erskine Veteran Netta Clucas has always dreamed of riding on a motorcycle.

Netta, 90, joined the Women’s Royal Air Force (WRAF) in 1949 at the age of 18. Following demobilisation, Netta moved from Glasgow to RAF Charmy Down, near Bath, and began working as a teleprinter in an underground centre.

She moved to Erskine in 2019 alongside her husband Ivor, and the charity’s support has proven invaluable throughout an incredibly difficult couple of years.

Netta said: “When we were recovering from the war, rationing was still in force and bombed out buildings lay in ruins. We came together and we got through it, but it was a challenging time. Decades later, we’ve all faced a new challenge in the shape of the pandemic.

“Two years ago, Ivor and I came to live in an assisted living apartment at Erskine. Sadly, Ivor passed away after eight months, but he loved being able to open the doors to the beautiful garden area and sit out on sunny days.

“It’s time for Veterans like me to get out and enjoy living life to the full again. Your donations will make wishes come true. Whether it is fish and chips by the seaside or riding a motorcycle – we’ve all got our wishes. With your help, Erskine care staff do everything they can to make our wishes come true.”

Erskine recently opened a new £4 million residential development to support Veterans as they transition away from the military. Erskine’s Veterans’ Village also features the Erskine Reid Macewen Activity Centre, which aims to enhance the quality of life and wellbeing of Veterans in the community by providing them with an increased social network, a range of purposeful activities supported by a skilled team, and access to support services and new skills.

Wing Commander Ian Cumming, Erskine chief executive, said: “Our Summer Appeal showcases the fantastic work that we, as a charity, put in to ensure our nation’s Veterans enjoy later life and realise dreams that they have always wanted to fulfil.

“Without the generosity of our supporters we would be unable to offer these fantastic opportunities to our residents, and every donation is received with our deepest gratitude.”

To support the Summer Appeal, visit: www.erskine.org.uk/wishes.

Main photo: Erskine Veteran Netta Clucas