Residents of Erskine Homes will be heading to the Games this summer thanks to an allocation of Games tickets to the closing ceremony.
During past months they have been busy preparing for their own Commonwealth Games by getting involved in arts and crafts activities leading up to the opening ceremony for its own unique event. Erskine Hospital has been caring for veterans since 1916 and operates five care homes across Scotland, with 376 residents. Many of the residents will not be able to attend the Games so the Celebrate grant means they that the Games can come to them.
The programme of events will also include a torch relay, opening ceremony and culturally themed workshops and events. The photographs below show residents taking part in especially themed Commonwealth arts and crafts workshops.
On the day of the opening ceremony cyclists will be ride from Erskine Edinburgh Home with the Erskine Commonwealth torch which will be passed to each of the other four homes. Olympic silver medallist, Scott Andrews, has agreed to open the Games before the sporting activities begin. Residents will be able to take part in a wide range of specially adapted Commonwealth Games sports from weightlifting to cycling.
Derek Kirkaldy, Community Fundraising Officer, Erskine, said: “The residents of the main Erskine home at Bishopton, Erskine Park Home and Erskine Mains Home have been hard at work doing arts and crafts activities in support of our own ‘Erskine Games’ which will take place whilst the games are staged in Glasgow. Many of our residents are too frail to attend the games in person however as a result of their endeavours in preparation for the Games we are delighted to have won tickets to the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games at Hampden Park on Sunday 3 August 2014.
“Those four residents who will be attending the closing ceremony are excited to be able to witness such a fantastic event coming to a close and are extremely grateful to the Big Lottery Fund and Scottish Government for giving us this special opportunity to attend.”