Veterans’ charity Erskine teams up with world-renowned musician to launch fundraiser

Award-winning accordionist Gary Innes hopes to strike a tune and kick off a quick step with veterans, supporters and their families by kicking off this year’s walk for Erskine: Virtual Walk.

Scotland’s biggest veterans charity is urging supporters to get their trainers and boots out and get sponsored for a charity walk throughout the month of March. Money raised will help transform the lives of nearly 1,000 ex-servicemen, women and their families in Erskine’s care.

Supporters of all ages can set their own goals or join family and friends to raise funds collectively, all in Erskine’s name.

The fundraising month will then culminate with the grand finale, March for Erskine: Live on Saturday, March 26.

The 3km event course will run through the heart of the Erskine Veterans Village in Bishopton.

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The local community is encouraged to join in the fundraising month’s celebration with a day of family fun, which will include, among other fun things, a scavenger hunt for the kids as well as food stalls and entertainment.

The multi-talented Gary, 41, came out to kick off the event at The Erskine Home in Bishopton – with a little help from families, friends and staff Krystyna Caulfield, 40, Angus Caulfield, two , Erin Ewing, 33, Remi Ewing, 18 months, and spaniel Cooper.

Gary plays a song for Angus at the Bishopton house

Gary is also one of the founding members of the award-winning Scottish supergroup Mànran, which has seen him perform all over the world. His association with Erskine dates back to 2015, when he created Scotland’s first collaborative charity folk single with a piece of music he composed titled ‘Our Heroes’.

He was later named Erskine Ambassador in 2021.

Gary said: “It’s been a tough few years for everyone, but as some shred of normalcy seems to be starting to return, it’s fantastic to step onto Erskine’s pitch and kick off this fantastic initiative.

“It’s great to be joined by some of the staff, families and four-legged friends who are taking part in this year’s Walk for Erskine, and I’m honored to be able to walk alongside them. I’ll even be taking out my accordion for a ride throughout the month and playing music along the way – there are no rules, just take your steps and raise money for this amazing charity.

Veterans living in Scotland can receive support through the charity’s network of four care homes and the Veterans’ Village – consisting of 44 cottages, the Erskine Reid Macewen Activity Centre, five flats with assistance and 24 transitional accommodation apartments.

Erskine Chief Executive Ian Cumming MBE added: “By participating in our March for Erskine events, our supporters will help provide the high level of care that our veterans so deserve. The March for Erskine is the perfect opportunity to get outside, take a step back and support our nation’s veterans through fitness and fun. We are excited to roll out this fantastic event again.

To register for the live event, visit:

And to register for the virtual event, visit:

Fundraisers are encouraged to set a target of £100 per person/group.

Each registrant will receive an Erskine t-shirt and their own participation medal to recognize their efforts.

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