ENERGY giant Scottish Hydro today announced it is to help Scotland’s first charity air ambulance service to get off the ground with £200,000 of funding.
The Scottish Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) helicopter will be based at Scone Airport, near Perth, and will enhance Scotland’s existing government-funded emergency air fleet which comprises two helicopters and two-fixed wing aircraft based at Glasgow, Inverness and Aberdeen.
The charity air ambulance needs to raise £1.5m every year from public and private donations to provide the lifeline service.
John Bullough, the SCAA Chairman, welcomed the substantial funding.
He said: “Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance will be the people’s air ambulance and support from businesses such as Scottish Hydro - and donations from the public - are key to launching and sustaining this vital service.
“We’re thrilled to have Scottish Hydro, a local company to Perth, on board as a key sponsor and can’t wait to officially mark the start of the SCAA operations next month.”
Michelle Hynd, Director for Corporate Infrastructure and Development at Scottish Hydro, said: “Scottish Hydro has a long established presence in the north of Scotland and supporting and investing in the communities where we live and work is integral to our business activities.
“We recognise that corporate business and social well-being in communities can be interdependent.
“We are delighted to support this new service that will not only provide an essential life-saving service to the Tayside and Perthshire areas but will also be available across the country, further strengthening the emergency air services provision in Scotland.”