Since its launch in 2013, Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) has become an integral part of the emergency care services offered across Scotland. Unlike the standard emergency services however, which are funded through general taxation, SCAA is entirely funded by public donations and corporate charity partners, making public support crucial to the continuation of this incredible service.
The SCAA helicopters, one based in Perth, the other Aberdeen, can reach 90% of Scotland within half an hour. Given the remote nature of much of Scotland, this is an incredible statistic, and really makes the difference in emergency situations.
Working as an outdoor instructor and guide across Scotland, medical emergencies, although never wished for, do occasionally happen. Slips, trips, and falls are an inevitable risk of adventurous outdoor activities and the need for medical care does happen from time to time. Depending on the situation, an emergency medical helicopter such as those operated by SCAA are by far the fasted way to bring care to an injured person, possibly making the difference between a minor injury and a life changing one!
My hope is to never need their services but knowing people who have been rescued by air ambulance, I hope their service will always be available when it is most needed. To make that happen, I hope to do my part; raising awareness and funds in aid of SCAA. I hope you feel the same about their services and are willing to support my ride for the charity.
Working as an outdoor instructor, often with schools from across Edinburgh and the Lothians, but also further afield around the UK, I have worked with children and young people from all walks of life. We all aspire to a life for our children where they don't want for anything and don't need extra help & support; however, we are sadly not all that privileged. There are far too many children and young people who suffer through no fault of their own, be that from poverty, illness, or abuse by others.
Cash for Kids is a grant giving charity that supports hundreds of other charitable projects and organisations across the country to help improve the lives of children and young people. Through the grants given to these bodies, Cash for Kids helped support over half a million children through 2021. However, the numbers of children needing support is sadly only rising given the current social and political situation in the UK, and Cash for Kids will continue to raise funds to support as many as possible.
As The Whisky Ventures Ride will travel the length and breadth of Scotland, I aim to raise funds in aid of all the Scottish regions of Cash for Kids. Being based near Edinburgh, the Forth 1 Cash for Kids office, as the closest to myself, will help manage these donations and once the ride is complete will distribute any donations to all the Scottish Cash for Kids regions to help support local projects across the country.
I hope you share my support of Cash for Kids and are willing to donate to my goal. Maybe you will even be inspired to tag along for a day or two, or maybe enter one of the events Cash for Kids organises themselves, e.g. The Tour de Forth cycle ride. See you out there!