Pack up your troubles in your picnic bag and spread out your blankets for veterans' charity Erskine.

In a month-long campaign throughout June, Erskine are urging supporters to host their own Big Picnic to raise vital funds.

It will culminate in Erskine’s first-ever Big Picnic - a star-studded virtual event held to mark National Armed Forces Day on June 26.

Hosted by Elaine C Smith, the Big Picnic will feature an impressive line up and will include a performance by Britain’s Got Talent magician Andrew Lee.

Royal Marines Forces Sweetheart, Kirsten Orsborn, while Scottish musician Gary Innes also will regale the audience with a trademark performance.

A number of special guests, including Erskine’s latest ambassador Scott Meenagh, will also make an appearance at the virtual event, and lots of prizes will be up for grabs in a silent auction full of magnificent prizes.

We'll meet again - when you hold a Big Picnic to raise funds for Erskine.

Invite family, friends, neighbours or just your teddy bears. All you need to do is host your own picnic in the run-up to Armed Forces Day. Sign up to get your free Erskine picnic pack, filled with biscuits, cake toppers, wrist bands, flags, recipe ideas and Erskine memorabilia.

Erskine picnickers will receive a special link to watch the live event hosted by Elaine C Smith, on Armed Forces Day.

To claim your free picnic pack visit: www.erskine.org.uk/request-a-big-picnic-pack/ or tel 0141 814 4555

Erskine residents Netta Clucas, 89, and Jean McLearie, 95, soaked up the summer sun and tucked into their afternoon tea as the veterans charity launched the campaign this week.

The pair were joined by Afghanistan Veteran Sheldon Hunt, 34, who has been living on the Erskine estate for seven years, after serving in The Royal Regiment of Scotland as a Private.

Sara Bannerman, Erskine Head of Fundraising, said: “We are extremely excited to host our very first Virtual Erskine Big Picnic, and are delighted to welcome a host of top-quality guests, including Elaine C Smith and Kirsten Orsborn.

“We hope everyone will join us in hosting their own Big Picnic with family and friends, all while raising money for such a great cause.”

Host your own Big Picnic

Erskine looks after thousands of Veterans and their families each year, providing unrivalled nursing, residential, respite and dementia care in four homes throughout Scotland.

The charity also assists younger Veterans who need help to begin the next chapter of their lives, offering social, recreation and training facilities and employment opportunities.

But they need to independently raise £10m each year to meet the changing needs of the ex-service community. By helping Erskine you can play a vital part in helping to provide the quality of care that Scotland’s Veterans so richly deserve.

To help support our Veterans, text ERSKINE to 70660 or visit www.erskine.org.uk/donate