Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance's life-saving support to the people of Islay and neighbouring islands has been recognised by a significant multi-year grant from Dunlossit and Islay Community Trust, the charitable trust of Dunlossit Estate on the Isle of Islay.
The country's only charity-funded helicopter air ambulance is a regular sight on the islands, delivering expert paramedic care to the scene of serious illness or accident and airlifting patients rapidly to mainland hospital care. Dunlossit and Islay Community Trust is helping to sustain that vital lifeline with this important grant over the next 5 years.
At yesterday's Islay Show, Leonie Schroder, charity Trustee and owner of Dunlossit Estate said:
‘The Dunlossit and Islay Community Trust is proud to support the vital lifesaving service provided by Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance. Island communities like ours rely on this service and we hope that over the next 5 years, our commitment will help the charity to save even more lives, both on Islay and across Scotland’.
The Islay Show played host to a visit from SCAA yesterday while a stand-in air ambulance, kindly supported by Babcock, flew operational cover for the day.
David Craig, SCAA Chief Executive, said the helicopter, crew and charity staff had made the trip to Islay Show to engage with the community and recognise the "amazing support" the air ambulance charity receives from the islands.
"Last winter alone, SCAA flew seven emergency missions to Islay and Jura, quickly airlifting patients to mainland care in under half an hour - a journey which would have taken hours by road and ferry in often challenging weather," said David.
"This generous support from Dunlossit and Islay Community Trust will help ensure we are there for others on Islay and surrounding islands who are in greatest need.
"We are extremely grateful for this significant contribution to our service which will help us continue to impact positively on the lives of people on the islands."