AN ABERDEEN firm has been presented with a special medal in recognition of its support for veterans charity Erskine.
Trinity International Services, a leading Scottish independent offshore catering and hotelkeeping provider, has been named as one of Scottish charity Erskine’s 100 Heroes for 100 Years.
Erskine, which provides nursing, residential, respite and dementia care for UK veterans and their spouses in its four care homes in Scotland, celebrated its centenary year in 2016. They have been awarding medals to 100 individuals and organisations who have gone above and beyond to support the cause throughout the last hundred years.
Trinity International Services is being honoured for providing a specially adapted seven-seater vehicle for transporting veterans from their own homes to creative and stimulating gardening therapy sessions, hospital appointments and outings designed to improve their quality of life.
Stuart MacBride, chairman of Trinity International Services, says: “Erskine is a vital organisation which provides essential support to veterans across Scotland who have made a significant sacrifice for our country.
“The charity offers life-enhancing opportunities for veterans, many of whom live with the physical and mental aftereffects of their service, and the entire Trinity International Services family is proud to support the cause.
“We chose to make this donation when we reached a milestone of our own, when celebrating 21 years of Trinity International Services in 2011, and we are honoured to have been recognised by Erskine’s centenary celebrations.
“We’d like to thank them, and wish them all the best for their next 100 years.”
Michael Parkes, Erskine’s North of Scotland community fundraiser, said: “We’re extremely grateful to Trinity International Services for their very generous donation which continues to be utilised by our veterans.
“The vehicle donated was originally used to transport veterans to a horticultural therapy project which helped them achieve greater social interaction, establish daily routine and structure as well as physical activity and the chance to gain valuable new skills.
“Our weekly activities programme helps enrich the lives of our veterans to make the most of their time while in our care. Without supporters like Trinity International Services, Erskine would not be able to continue to care for over 1,000 veterans each year.”
Erskine recently designed a purple bench for installation at Seaton Park, as part of the “Blooming Big Aberdeen” project which aims to raise awareness of the services provided by charities and community groups working in the area.
For further information on Erskine visit:http://www.erskine.org.uk/.
Issued on behalf of Trinity International Services by BIG Partnership. For further information contact Alan Gorham on 01224 211045