Celebrity chef opens garden centre cafe for charity

Celebrity chef Nick Nairn today has launched a new garden centre and cafe for veterans' charity Erskine in Bishopton, Renfrewshire.

Erskine's purpose-built garden centre and cafe replace the charity's smaller centre and are two of the organisation's five social firms. They provide employment for veterans and disabled workers as part of its supported employment project.

All proceeds from the venture will go back into care for ex-service men and women at Erskine's five care homes across Scotland. Malcolm Scott Consultants worked on plans for the centre.

Erskine chief executive Major Jim Panton said: "We are particularly excited about our partner- ship with Nick Nairn, whose support has been fundamental in the de-sign of the new menu as well as overseeing the management of the kitchen and staff."

Founded in 1916, Erskine provides nursing and medical care for former members of the armed forces. It has five care homes across Scotland. In the past year the charity has cared for 1,370 veterans between the ages of 24 and 102.

Erskine social firms employ veterans and disabled workers within its social firms framework, which encompasses the Erskine Garden Centre & Vanishing Willows Cafe, Erskine Print, Erskine Furniture and the Reid Macewen Training & Conference Centre.

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