RNRMC Supports Scottish Veterans With New Grant

25 June 2020

The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) has continued its partnership with Erskine, awarding the Scottish veteran care provider a new grant of £40,000. This grant, awarded in partnership with Greenwich Hospital, will go towards the cost of providing nursing, dementia and palliative care for Royal Navy and Royal Marines Veterans at The Erskine Home, Bishopton. The RNRMC has worked in partnership with Erskine since 2011.

Erskine provides unrivaled support to veterans in Scotland, through four care homes and a Veterans Village. Person-centred care is tailored to the needs of each individual veteran

The RNRMC's latest grant will assist The Erskine Home, Bishopton in delivering the best possible care to elderly Royal Navy and Royal Marines Veterans and spouses. Erskine’s residents enjoy a high quality of life through enhanced on-site support services such as physiotherapy, access to specialist care staff like Advanced Nurse Practitioners and Dementia Nurse Consultants, and staying physically and mentally active. Veterans also benefit from social engagement through an extensive programme of recreational activities, regular trips and outings, and the camaraderie of like-minded fellow Veterans and spouses.

During COVID-19, Erskine has carefully adapted their care to continue providing the best possible support while minimising risk for their elderly residents who live with complex medical needs and neurological conditions such as dementia.

Erskine’s Chief Executive, Ian Cumming, said: 

“Erskine is both privileged and proud to offer sector-leading care for Royal Navy and Royal Marines Veterans. In February, The Erskine Home, Bishopton was again awarded Grade 6, the highest possible grade, by the Care Inspectorate on both assessed themes. These grades recognise the improved wellbeing and social engagement that our Veterans experience. The care and support challenge, is more difficult and more important, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Erskine simply would not be in this position without our incredible supporters who help fund our on-site clinical expertise, enhanced staffing ratios and extensive recreational activities. We are hugely grateful to The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and Greenwich Hospital for their long-term commitment to helping Scotland’s brave Royal Navy and Royal Marines Veterans receive the expert care and support that they truly deserve.”

The RNRMC’s Director of Relationships and Funding, Mandy Lindley, adds: 

“Having visited The Erskine Home, Bishopton in June last year I witnessed first-hand the excellent facilities and high standard of care in place. It was a great privilege to meet with Royal Navy and Royal Marines Veterans and wonderful to see that the naval humour was well and truly thriving among them! RNRMC is pleased to be able to continue to support Erskine in caring for our beneficiaries.”