FIVE veterans have moved into new accommodation in Bishopton thanks to a generous donation left to the Erskine charity. 

The newly-built assisted living apartments in the Veterans Village were partly funded by a substantial legacy from the late Michael O’Donnell. 

Michael was born in Leith, Edinburgh, in 1920, and his son Keith will make a poignant visit to the apartments which have been named Kimberlea House in memory of his father and his home in Dunbar. 

The five apartments, which are connected to The Erskine Home, enable veterans to live as independently as possible for as long as possible.

Keith said: “My father was a veteran of WW2 joining the Highland Light Infantry in 1939 and serving until 1946 when he left the Army as a Warrant Officer. 

“He rarely spoke about the war although we do know that he never lost an appreciation that he was one of the lucky ones, he came home. 

“It was no surprise to me that he wanted to leave all his assets to charity, the bulk of which he left to Erskine to help support the marvellous work they do caring for veterans. 

“We are all immensely proud of the facility which Erskine has created with his legacy.”

Erskine Chief Executive Ian Cumming MBE said: “We are extremely grateful to the late Michael O’Donnell for his generosity in remembering our veterans in his will.

“His gift has transformed the lives of veterans that had a specialist housing need. 

“They now live independently in a safe and peaceful home environment, with help and support from us when required. 

“Mr O’Donnell’s kindness will continue to improve the lives of many and he will not be forgotten.”