Catherine Gair at the Bella Bella stall in Clydebank shopping centre.

By Judith Haw

If you are shopping in Clydebank Shopping Centre and make a purchase from the Bella Bella stall you can support Erskine Veterans by buying poppy face mask or scarf or making a donation.

Stall owner Catherine Gair has been helping charities for years but it wasn’t until she moved to Old Kilpatrick three years ago and heard more about Erskine that she decided to help.

Catherine said: “I heard about Erskine Veterans years ago as I make silk Scottish thistle buttonholes for Scottish gift shops and kilt shops all over Scotland and I used to add a poppy to the buttonhole leading up to Remembrance Day.

“I remember reading that there was a Hospital for Servicemen.  When I moved and opened my stall in Clydebank I decided to contact the charity and ask for a collecting can as I wanted to donate money from selling my poppy masks, scarves and brooches. 

“I have discovered people here are so passionate about Erskine and what the charity does and I have been blown away by how generous people are for the Veterans.”

Community Fundraiser Eve Conroy said: “We cannot thank Catherine enough for her enthusiasm and support.  We do receive so much local support which we are extremely grateful for.

” It’s a particularly poignant time of year for both residents and staff at Erskine and we thank everyone who buys from the Bella Bella stall or makes a donation, for remembering our Veterans at this time.”

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