The Erskine Veterans Charity recently welcomed Olivia MacDonald (21) to The Erskine Home in Bishopton, where she handed over a very generous cheque in the amount of £686 for Erskine Veterans

Music student Olivia had single handedly organised the Coffee Afternoon Concert, which was held in The Cornerstone, Bishopton. Themed ‘We will meet again’, both the Community Choir Singing for Wellbeing and Olivia herself sang for those attending, mainly songs from the war years.

As a final year student at the University of the West of Scotland, studying Commercial Music the event was part of Olivia’s University dissertation towards her Honours degree.

An Erskine spokesperson said: “We would like to thank Olivia very much for her generosity and kindness, in not only organising the concert and singing at it, but for doing so in aid of Erskine Veterans.”

Olivia said: “I chose Erskine Veterans Charity because it’s a local charity and it affects many in the community. The Veterans have sacrificed a lot, so I felt that it is important to give back”.

Olivia is pictured with Erskine Cottage resident, Veteran Bill McMahon, KOSB and Erskine Community Fundraising Officer Susan Gallagher.

Erskine is Scotland’s foremost provider of care for Veterans and their spouses, having cared for 105,000 Veterans since opening in 1916. Annually the charity supports over 800 members of the Veterans community through two care homes, a Veterans Village which has 44 cottages for Veterans and their families, 23 Supported transitional apartments, five assisted living apartments and an Activity Centre.

By Ricky Kelly

Main writer for Renfrewshire News

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