Community council’s support for air ambulance

James Gray-Cheape receives the cheque from Mrs Isobel Ross with community council members looking on.

James Gray-Cheape receives the cheque from Mrs Isobel Ross with community council members looking on.

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Members of Forfar Community Council have been thanked for their financial support of Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance.

At the end of last year the group presented a cheque for £100 to the Scone-based service.

Chairman Mrs Isobel Ross made the presentation to James Gray-Cheape, the charity’s Ambassador for Forfar, Kirriemuir and the Angus Glens.

At last month’s meeting Mrs Ross read out a letter of thanks sent on behalf of the charity by Fiona Dennis, SCAA Administrator.

Fiona wrote: “On behalf of SCAA I would like to thank you and the members of the Forfar Community Council for your generous donation of £100.

“We rely one hundred per cent on donations like yours to run our life-saving service, and every penny we receive makes a difference, so this is a fantastic amount which is much appreciated by us all here at SCAA.

“As Scotland’s only charity-funded helicopter air ambulance, we know that we have contributed to saving lives all over Scotland.

“Since launching on May 22, 2013, we have responded to 178 time-critical emergencies, strong evidence that we give much needed help that simply did not exist before.”

The community council had received a talk from Mr Gray-Cheape in May when he personally thanked the generosity of local businesses in the Forfar and Kirriemuir areas which had been fund-raising for the air ambulance.

At that time he said the response from local businesses was “phenomenal” with collecting cans in their premises “filling up dramatically”.