Busy start to 2019 for SCAA

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Perthshire-based Scot­land’s Char­ity Air Am­bu­lance (SCAA) has had a busy end to 2018 and a sim­i­larly de­mand­ing start to 2019 with daily call outs.

Among the in­ci­dents was a Hog­manay emergency on farm­land in An­gus brought the year’s work­load to a close for SCAA.

A man sus­tained head and back in­juries when his all-ter­rain ve­hi­cle rolled over on a hill­side while tend­ing his sheep.

The crew has vis­ited Oban, Mill­port, Is­lay, Colon­say, and Fife over the past week or so.

Lo­cally, a call out saw the air­borne crew ar­rived within min­utes at a med­i­cal emergency in­volv­ing a baby girl in Strat­hearn. The crew worked with Scot­tish Am­bu­lance Ser­vice col­leagues at the scene be­fore the lit­tle girl was taken to hos­pi­tal by land am­bu­lance ac­com­pa­nied by a SCAA teddy.

SCAA was also called to an in­dus­trial ac­ci­dent near Bank­foot where a man was in­jured af­ter be­ing struck by top­pling ma­chin­ery, sus­tain­ing se­vere leg in­juries.

Perthshire fundrais­ers and sup­port­ers have not for­got­ten about SCAA over the fes­tive pe­riod with sig­nif­i­cant do­na­tions await­ing char­ity staff on their re­turn to work.

A pre-Christ­mas dance held by Coupar An­gus Coun­try and Western Mu­sic Club raised a toe-tap­ping £950 for the air­borne char­ity.

And a fes­tive darts day at Auchter­arder Golf Club raised sig­nif­i­cantly more than“180”with a top scor­ing £305 com­ing to sup­port SCAA’s life­sav­ing work.

Mem­bers of Perth Ex-Ser­vice­men’s Club staged a fundrais­ing Christ­mas raf­fle and drew out a winning £543.82 for SCAA.

Mean­while, shoot­ers were bag­ging clays at Meg­gernie Clay Tar­gets Hog­manay shoot and bring­ing down a fur­ther £191.

And a Christ­mas lunch en­joyed by the ladies of Or­well and Port­moak Church Guild served up a tasty £90 for SCAA.

Pit­lochry Sta­tion Book­shop also steamed in a £600 do­na­tion for SCAA over the hol­i­day pe­riod as fes­tive shop­pers took ad­van­tage of the rail­way plat­form book­shop’s of­fer­ings.

Thanks also to the many sup­port­ers who gen­er­ously gave do­na­tions to SCAA in lieu of cards and presents this Christ­mas, de­liv­er­ing a £550 fes­tive char­ity present in­stead.

Those keen to sup­port the work of Scot­land’s only char­ity-funded air am­bu­lance con­tinue to pop their loose change and do­na­tions into the hun­dreds of SCAA col­lect­ing cans placed around Scot­land.

Lo­cally placed cans be­ing emp­tied at the start of the new year in­clude those from: The Bean Shop, Perth £61.59; the Coun­try Store, Kin­loch Ran­noch £34.01; Muir­ton Post Of­fice, Perth £41.01; R W Tech Ser­vices, Perth £85.55; Com­rie Med­i­cal Cen­tre £176.60; Kare­lia House, Aber­feldy £113.74 and Anne’s Hand-knits, Bal­beg­gie £372.41.

A Perth lady struck lucky in the SCAA Lot­tery at the start of the year, scoop­ing the £1000 jack­pot in the weekly draw.

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