Scotmid Co-op funds garden revamp for war veterans

'It also provides us with a timely reminder of all those who made the ultimate sacrifice a century ago'

Scotmid Co-operative has funded the renovation of a recreational garden at a home for war veterans – coinciding with the 100-year anniversary of the end of WWI.

The donation to the Erskine Home in Bishopton will enable its 180 veteran residents to enjoy a revitalised recreation garden area, with new furniture, re-planted borders and accessible flower beds for them to tend to.

The renovation of the recreation garden is the second project that Scotmid has funded for the charity, with three specially-adapted VW Caddy vehicles also donated to Erskine in the summer.

Scotmid president, Harry Cairney, said: “We are delighted to have been able to provide the funding to bring this incredibly worthwhile project to life – the difference it will make to the residents at Erskine will be huge.

“Erskine is a magnificent charity and we’re pleased to be able to continue to support them on key projects such as this. It also provides us with a timely reminder of all those who made the ultimate sacrifice a century ago. Our Society lost 144 employees during the four-year conflict of the Great War and we will remember them.”

Erskine chief executive, Ian Cumming MBE, said: “Our residents enjoy being outdoors, sitting in the warm sunshine or walking in the garden areas and we are particularly grateful to Scotmid for their recent generous grant that has enabled us to transform the recreation garden.

“By improving accessibility and providing raised flower beds and new seating with paved areas, this has greatly improved the garden, also making it available for use by any resident who enjoyed gardening as a pastime before they moved in with us.”

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