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.