Veterans’ charity Erskine unveils new minibus

Veterans living in Renfrewshire will soon be traveling in style in a minibus named Shuggy the Shuttle.

The name, chosen by Kevin McCuster, was chosen from approximately 200 entries in a competition held by veterans’ charity Erskine.

Kevin, from Bellshill, told The Gazette: “I wanted to pick something to make people smile and it sounded Scottish – so it was Shuggy the Shuttle.”

The long-time charity supporter was lucky enough to visit Shuggy the Shuttle at his Erskine Estate home with his wife Rachel.

Kevin added, “We’ve really enjoyed seeing how donations like ours help veterans and their families in Erskine.

“We were overwhelmed by the size of the Veterans Village and all the different ways Erskine helps the veterans community.

“We look forward to going back in the future when we can hopefully have a cup of tea at Harry’s and find out more about Erskine.”

With an upgraded lift for veterans who use electric wheelchairs, Shuggy will be in high demand for many types of trips, such as hospital appointments, errands, and coastal and theater outings.

Nick O’Neill, Transport Manager at Erskine, said: “What makes Erskine unique is the kindness and kindness of the people who donate regularly. They ensure that we can continue to provide the excellent level of care and transportation we have for our veterans.

“A big thank you to people like Kevin, who not only named our fabulous new Shuggy minibus the shuttle, but also supported Erskine for many years.

“After the tough 18 months we’ve been through, the Erskine Transportation Team is starting to get our veterans out with Shuggy the Shuttle right in the thick of it all.”

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