He­li­copter am­bu­lance ap­peal

Argyllshire Advertiser - - YOUR VIEWS -

Sir, Scot­land’s Char­ity Air Am­bu­lance (SCAA) is to base a sec­ond life-sav­ing he­li­copter at Aberdeen.

We start 2019 full of hope that we can launch a He­li­copter Emergency Med­i­cal Ser­vice (HEMS) op­er­a­tion in the north east - call­sign He­limed 79 – that will serve Scot­land along­side its char­ity sta­ble­mate He­limed 76 at Perth and two govern­ment-funded he­li­copter air am­bu­lances based at Glas­gow and In­ver­ness and two fixed-wing air­craft at Glas­gow and Aberdeen.

To re­alise our goal, how­ever, we rely on the con­tin­ued sup­port and gen­eros­ity of the peo­ple of Scot­land.

Their un­stint­ing back­ing has en­sured SCAA has pro­vided a first-class sin­gle he­li­copter HEMS op­er­a­tion funded en­tirely by char­i­ta­ble do­na­tions for the past five years.

Con­tin­ued giv­ing will al­low us to op­er­ate two air­craft - ef­fec­tively dou­bling the num­ber of fast-re­ac­tion he­li­copter air am­bu­lance re­sources in Scot­land.

Over the years, SCAA has re­sponded to nearly 2,000 time-crit­i­cal emer­gen­cies in ev­ery corner of the coun­try - from Orkney to the Bor­ders and the Western Isles to the far north east.

Many lives have been saved thanks to the peo­ple of Scot­land. Many oth­ers have been im­proved and hun­dreds of pa­tients have re­cov­ered more quickly be­cause of their rapid trans­fer to de­fin­i­tive hos­pi­tal care. Let 2019 be a year to re­mem­ber for ev­ery­one - the year the peo­ple of Scot­land helped launch He­limed 79 on its life-sav­ing ser­vice to fly help and hope to ev­ery com­mu­nity.

Visit www.scaa.org.uk to help us to­day so that we can be there to help ev­ery­one to­mor­row. David Craig, chief ex­ec­u­tive, Scot­land’s Char­ity Air Am­bu­lance (SCAA), Perth Air­port.

The orig­i­nal char­ity he­li­copter air am­bu­lance.

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