Fundraising drive provides a lift for the Air Ambulance service

 09 March 2017  |  

L-R: Councillor's Ian Cavana and Sandra Goldie present Carol Anne McMahon from SCAA with a donation for £900

L-R: Councillor's Ian Cavana and Sandra Goldie present Carol Anne McMahon from SCAA with a donation for £900

Generous Burns fans have chosen a lifeline emergency service as the latest beneficiary of their annual fundraising campaign. Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance has been presented with a cheque for £900 following the South Ayrshire Councillors' Annual Charity Burns Supper 2017, which took place at County Buildings in Ayr.

Every year the event celebrates the life and works of the Bard while promoting Scottish culture and heritage. This year's charity, Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA), was chosen by event organiser, Councillor Sandra Goldie.

The SCAA launched their helicopter air ambulance in May 2013 to assist the Scottish Air Ambulance Service (SAAS) to deliver front-line care to time-critical emergencies across Scotland. SCAA provides a fully equipped medical helicopter that can be deployed from its central base at Perth Airport to incidents across Scotland.

Councillor Sandra Goldie said she was proud to be able to offer support, "When people get caught in unexpected situations in rural or inaccessible areas the helicopter service can be the difference between life and death.

"I'm pleased to be able to support the SCAA with the proceeds raised from our recent Burns Supper and I'm sure that this donation will be put to good use to help with their day-to-day running costs.

"As always I'd also like to thank everyone who dug deep on the night and for their continued support for this worthwhile event."

Carol Anne McMahon, regional Fundraising Manager – South for SCAA said, "We rely on the support of the public to fund our life saving work and the generous donation from South Ayrshire Council will help ensure that SCAA's crew are available to the Scottish population when needed.

"Our service responds to time critical medical emergencies throughout Scotland and can reach 90% of the Scottish population within 25 minutes. Since our launch in May 2013 SCAA have responded to over 1,330 emergency calls and flown 101,678 nautical miles."

On the night of the Burns Supper an anonymous donation of £500 was made that will benefit the Ayr Academy music department, which provided entertainment on the evening; as well as a Burns Club in Ayr.