A senior care assistant from Erskine has been honoured for decades of service to a Renfrewshire charity.

Heather Scanlan, 56, has received the Erskine Long Service Award, along with other members of staff and volunteers from the charity's two care homes in Bishopton.

She arrived at the Erskine Hospital 35 years ago, as it was then known, not knowing if a career in care was what she wanted.

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Heather quickly decided it was and remains passionate about her job to this day.

She said: "I am extremely proud of the part I have played within Erskine.

"I love working for the charity and am glad I decided, all these years ago, to stay."

Erskine chairman Stuart Aitkenhead presented Long Service Awards to members of staff from across all departments at the ceremony held at The Erskine Home, in Bishopton.

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Ian Cumming MBE, Erskine’s chief executive, said: "With over 900 years of service, the staff and volunteers receiving awards this year are a true testament to the dedication of those who serve Erskine. 

"Year after year they deliver the vital services needed to provide the highest standard of care and support to our veterans. 

"I feel incredibly fortunate and humbled to work with so many people who demonstrate such an incredible commitment to Erskine."

To learn more about the work of Erskine, visit erskine.org.uk/about-us/work-for-erskine.