Since March 2020 life has been different for everyone, but for some, the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic have been huge.
In the naval community, those in need of day to day care have been among the most vulnerable to the disease itself and it's knock on effects. The RNRMC work in close partnership with many organisations who provide quality care and support, delivering grant funding to ensure that those in the naval community are well looked after at all times.
In the video below, staff and residents from Erskine, Care for Veterans and Veterans Aid give an insight into their world during the pandemic.
Since 2018 the RNRMC have supported Royal Navy and Royal Marines veterans at Care for Veterans in Worthing, providing over £150,000 in grants during this period. This has helped to ensure that those who served receive high quality care in the later years, enabling veterans to have an excellent quality of life.
The RNRMC has also worked closely with Veterans Aid for a number of years. A £50,000 RNRMC grant at the end of 2019, followed by an additional £60,000 in late 2020 have proved crucial, allowing Royal Navy and Royal Marines veterans in crisis to be supported throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
in 2021 Erskine received a £50,000 grant from the RNRMC to support their sector-leading care for Royal Navy and Royal Marines beneficiaries at The Erskine Home, Bishopton.
“Erskine is extremely proud to care for Scotland’s Royal Navy and Royal Marines Veterans. Although the past year has been challenging, our staff have continued to work exceptionally hard and with courage and compassion", said Erskine’s Chief Executive, Ian Cumming.
"Erskine’s excellence in care delivery has been more difficult but even more crucial during the pandemic and we continue to take all possible measures to ensure resident and staff safety. Erskine would simply not be able to offer this level of support without our wonderful supporters. We are truly thankful to The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and Greenwich Hospital for this exceptional grant and their support for Erskine’s brave Navy and Marines Veterans for over a decade.”
The RNRMC’s Director of Relationships and Funding, Mandy Lindley, added: “Erskine have always provided the highest quality of care to veterans and this has not changed throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The RNRMC have worked with Erskine for many years to ensure that, even in the toughest of times, our Royal Navy and Royal Marines veterans are well looked after and enjoy a high quality of life. This latest grant to Erskine reflects an ongoing commitment to our beneficiaries in their care.”
After a more than a year of restrictions, residents at Erskine are now enjoying more indoor visits and quality time with their loved ones as Scotland’s care home restrictions are gradually reduced. Thankfully, a degree of normality is also returning at Care for Veterans and Veterans Aid and hopefully this positive trend will continue as 2021 progresses.