Sunday, 22 May 2016
Erskine Hospital bike events
Local to me is Erskine Hospital, which celebrates its centenary this year. It was founded during WW1 as a military hospital and has continued to treat servicemen and women ever since. They are holding a couple of bike events to raise funds for the Hospital.
Next Sunday (29th May) they have their ‘Erskine Motorbike Meet’.
Idea is to ride from Erskine to Spean Bridge, work out your own route but take in a number of checkpoints where you will be given a playing card. Stay the night in/around Spean Bridge, then make your way to their home in Edinburgh collecting more cards on the way. Person whose cards make the best poker hand wins.
Good excuse for a weekend in the Highlands!
You can read more about the history of the hospital here, in it there’s this chilling sentence concerning the level of casualties during WW1, hence the need for military hospitals:
‘In 1915, in the first two hours of the Battle of Loos, more British soldiers died than the total number of casualties on both sides on D-Day 1944.’