A date for Aimee
Advent gifts distributed to foodbanks to cheer kids
An ambulance worker from Whitburn has been hailed by her colleagues after she collected and delivered over a thousand Advent calendars for foodbanks around Scotland.
Aimee Hogg (24) who works for the Scottish Ambulance Service from their control room in South Queensferry, started the collection for West Lothian Foodbank four years ago among her control room buddies.
However, since then her Advent calendar collecting has spread to control rooms across Scotland.
Having collected 71 calendars in her first year for West Lothian Foodbank, Aimee’s cause has seen her and a few colleagues travel nearly 500 miles delivering 1200 calendars to foodbanks across the country this year.
Aimee said: “It was four years ago and Whitburn Foodbank had put a Facebook message out that they were looking for Advent calendars so we just did it in the control room for the first year. But now it’s grown and 20-odd stations got involved.
“It just seemed like a nice idea to do something for Christmas and it’s easy for people to do because the calendars aren’t that expensive.
“It was just supposed to be that first year, but then crews from all around got involved and it just grew.”
Aimee continued: “The first year it was only the ambulance control room that donated, but it has grown and grown to across the east of Scotland since then. We cover every station from Montrose down to Kelso in the Borders, and as far across as Crieff and Balfron areas.
“This was the first year we broke the 1000 mark.
“We go in our own car, travel around 500 miles across two days to collect and drop off all the donations, and fund everything ourselves, including the competition prize.”
This year, Montrose donated the most calendars – 119 – and Aimee bought them a prize for their efforts.
She said: “Thanks to all participating staff across the Scottish Ambulance Service, and a special thanks to my ACC colleagues who helped me in the organisation of all of this: Rebecca McMillan, Tabbitha Haston and Charlene Dowling.”
Aimee’s colleagues also thought her worthy of special thanks for starting the calendar campaign.
Charlene Dowling said she wanted to share Aimee’s story to show “how special she is”.
Charlene said: “Aimee is only 24, and is a credit to both her community and the Scottish Ambulance Service. She goes above and beyond to help out others and she was visibly emotional this year at the response we had.”
A time for giving Aimee Hogg (left) launched the Advent calendar collection