LISTEN: Margaret Viner explains why SCAA is such an important charity to support
A kind-hearted Pitlochry local woman is donating her time and resources to run a pop-up thrift shop in Pitlochry with funds benefitting Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance.
Shoppers can expect to find a range of items such as plants and flowers, home baking, home goods and books.
Retiree, Margaret Viner, has organised the thrift shop and she spoke of the vital service Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) plays within emergency services and why it is so important it is given support.
Mrs Viner said:
“Any of us might need it at any time.
“We see them flying over so frequently.
“I think it’s one of the charities that everybody at some time might need to make use of. If we don’t need to use it, we’re very lucky, but we can hopefully raise some money to keep them flying.
“If anybody can have a look in their cupboards, their loft, their garage, and see if they want to give anything.”
Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance receives no statutory government funding and relies 100% on donations from the public to fuel life-saving flights.
The average cost of a life-saving mission for SCAA is £2,500 which equates to £2million annually.
Since its launch in May 2013, SCAA has completed over 3000 call outs and continues to operate 12 hours a day, 365 days a year.
SCAA Chairman John Bullough said:
“SCAA has very quickly become an integrated and an utterly indispensable part of the emergency services throughout the whole of Scotland.
“From our base at Perth airport in an emergency, we can reach 90% of Scotland’s population in less than 30 minutes.
“We have already saved countless lives and limbs and have touched thousands of people throughout the whole of Scotland.
“We’ve been amazed and humbled by the level of support and engagement.
“There are six deaths or serious injuries on Scottish roads every day. And to that, the heart attacks, strokes, sporting injuries, industrial incidents, agricultural accidents, this is an enormous daily challenge for our blue lights services to respond to.
“Our service turns a potentially uncomfortable road transfer that could take hours into a smooth air transfer that could take minutes, and in many cases that’s not just nice to have – It’s simply the difference between life and death.”
If you are able to donate to the thrift shop, please contact Mrs Margaret Viner on: 01796472450.
The thrift shop will be open to shoppers from Wednesday 7th – Sunday 11th July from 10am-4pm at the Scout Hall in Pitlochry.
You can donate to SCAA online by visiting: https://www.scaa.org.uk/donate or text ‘SCAA’ and your donation amount to 70085.