Veterans home celebrates first birthday of its new expansion

posted 17 Sept 2010, 10:19 by South Edinburgh Net Admin   [ updated 17 Sept 2010, 10:40 ]
The Erskine Edinburgh Home, run by the veterans’ charity Erskine, has marked the first birthday of its new expanded building.

A year to the day after the first resident moved into the Gilmerton care home, its veterans and staff have marked the occasion with a celebration party yesterday (14th September).

The residents were joined by key figures that helped ensure the state-of-the-art 48-bed expansion was completed in time for its opening last September.

The new building, which is one of five care homes run by the veterans’ charity in Scotland, boasts a large number of facilities including on-site physiotherapy, dedicated recreation facilities and full disabled access for veterans, young and old.  It is also home to Mark Wright House, the UK’s first Personnel Recovery Centre, which provides care and support for wounded or injured soldiers who are currently serving.

Lynn Suttie, Home Manager, was joined by one of the first residents to move into the building Joan Snodgrass, aged 90, a former RAF nurse from Lasswade, to cut the 1st birthday cake marking the poignant event.

She said: “We can’t believe it has been a year since the Erskine Edinburgh Home expansion opened its doors to a further 36 veterans here in Gilmerton. We are extremely honoured to have provided our high standard of care to even more ex-Service men and women in Scotland’s capital and look forward to meeting our commitment to supporting veterans for many years to come.”

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